The odds of the upcoming heavyweight fight between Junior dos Santos and Mark Hunt not featuring a solid dose of stand-up are on par with the likelihood of Arianny Celeste prancing around the Octagon at UFC 160 in a beekeeper’s suit. Both men might have other skill-sets but make their living as strikers, possessing seventeen strike-based stoppages between them in 24 total wins. As such, chances are the man with the superior technique will emerge with a win in tow, maybe even a title-shot.
Dos Santos spoke about how his abilities match up with Hunt’s in a recent interview with the UFC, saying he has at least one distinct advantage over the heavy-handed Kiwi.
“I think I’m faster than Mark Hunt and I’m gonna use that to punch him a lot,” said Dos Santos in an extended preview for their May 25 tilt. “Hunt has four wins, one after the other, but now I’m gonna stop him. It’s over for him.”
Hunt’s only knockout loss in MMA was the result of an eighteen-second smashing by Melvin Manhoef in 2008. Comparably, Dos Santos has never been rendered defenseless from strikes and was able to go five rounds with champion Cain Velasquez despite being drummed early and often.
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