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Junior dos Santos admits he needs to “be very careful” in match-up with Mark Hunt

Mark Hunt v Stefan Struve - UFC on Fuel 8Heavyweight Junior dos Santos suffered the first loss of his UFC career in December when he dropped the divisional belt to Cain Velasquez in a lopsided decision. Itching to get back in the Octagon and numb the sting of defeat, Dos Santos gladly accepted action against rival Alistair Overeem before the devastating Dutchman withdrew due to injury and Mark Hunt was pegged as his replacement.

Dos Santos offered up some insight on the matter in a recent conversation captured by TATAME where he gave Hunt his due, stating he was quick to accept the clash and could care less about losing out on the opportunity to fight Overeem.

“I do not pick opponents, so for me it doesn’t matter who I’ll face. I just need to know a date to prepare for the opponent,” explained Dos Santos. “When Overeem dropped out, the UFC quickly found an excellent opponent, because I can not wait for the fight. Overeem is not champion – (he) is nothing. If he was champion, I would have waited.”

Turning his focus towards Hunt, JDS showed respect for the Kiwi’s knockout power and K-1 background even if the “Super Samoan” doesn’t have an impressive record in MMA.

“Mark is a very tough guy, beating strong opponents. I have to be very careful,” confessed Dos Santos.

The two talented strikers are scheduled to meet on May 25 at UFC 160. Dos Santos is 15-2 in his career with eleven TKOs, while Hunt has scored six strike-based stoppages in his nine victories including finishes of Cheick Kongo and Stefan Struve inside the Octagon.