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Junior dos Santos-Mark Hunt announced as #1 contender’s bout

Mark-Hunt-UFC-119 - MMAWeeklyFans pleased by the UFC’s decision to pair former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos with cement-fisted slugger Mark Hunt found their grins widening this week when UFC President Dana White dropped some good news regarding their May 25 match-up. According to White, the UFC 160 scrap will produce a challenger for the winner of current title-holder Cain Velasquez’s upcoming bout with Antonio Silva.

White’s comments came this week to media after the UFC 158 press conference and were captured by MMAWeekly.

If Velasquez retains and Dos Santos beats Hunt, the resulting rumble would mark a trilogy between the two. “Cigano” knocked Velasquez out in 2011 to win UFC gold before suffering a lopsided decision defeat in their rematch last December. The stumble dropped his overall record to 15-2 and snapped a ten-fight run including success against Fabricio Werdum, Frank Mir, Roy Nelson, and Shane Carwin.

Meanwhile, the 9-7 Hunt was pegged as a replacement for Alistair Overeem after the Dutchman went down with injury. In large part, his name came up for the clash thanks to support from fans in addition to a quartet of consecutive victories and finishes of Cheick Kongo/Stefan Struve.