Fans 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.
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.
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