UFC heavyweight Junior dos Santos’ hopes of fighting rival Alistair Overeem were dashed this week when “The Demolition Man” was removed from their May 25 match-up at UFC 160 due to injury. Though a replacement was rumored, organization officials shot the notion down, saying the rumble would simply be rescheduled for later in the year.
However, the 15-2 Dos Santos doesn’t appear to be on board with the company’s plan and is itching to get back in the Octagon after losing the divisional belt to Cain Velasquez in late December. The Brazilian bomber recently took to Instagram to express his continued interest in action at the Memorial Day Weekend show.
“I’m training to fight in May and expect that to happen. No matter the opponent, waiting is wasting time,” wrote Dos Santos.
One name that’s come up with relative frequency in relation to a duel with Dos Santos has been that of Mark Hunt. The 38-year old slugger is coming off his fourth straight win, knocking out Stefan Struve last weekend at UFC on Fuel 8. UFC President Dana White initially said Hunt turned down a tilt with Dos Santos, prompting the “Super Samoan” to publicly deny having ever declined any offered bout. His statement was followed later by an intriguing Tweet from White saying he’d since spoken to Hunt and had a “great conversation”.
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