Things move quickly in the UFC. When Alistair Overeem had to pull out of his fight with dos Santos due to injury, a replacement was being sought so dos Santos could remain active. However, when an opponent could not be found, Dana White announced that he would just have to wait until Alistair Overeem recovered, sometime in the summer. Now, just a few hours later, things have changed once again, as dos Santos will be competing at UFC 160 after all.
With his career rejuvenated following four straight wins, and a rabid internet fan base calling for him to step in to face Junior dos Sants, Mark Hunt will indeed take that fight scheduled for May 25. That card takes place in las Vegas and is being headlined by Cain Velasquez and Antonio Silva.
When Alistair Overeem first pulled out, Hunt's name was a popular choice as a replacement. Unfortunately for his fans, Dana White said on Twitter that he had turned down the fight. But within a couple days, something drastically changed.
“Mark Hunt and I just got off the phone and had a GREAT conversation!!” White tweeted on Friday.
As mentioned, Hunt has been one of the hottest fighters in the heavyweight division. After an unspectacular debut in the UFC in which he lost to Sean McCorkle, he has gone on to defeat Chris Tuchscherer, Ben Rothwell, Cheik Kongo, and most recently Stefan Struve. His victory over Struve came in spectacular fashion, as he knocked out the seven footer in the third round at UFC on Fuel TV 8.
Junior dos Santos is looking to rebound from a loss to heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, who took his title at UFC 155. It was his first loss inside the Octagon, which has spanned ten appearances. He originally captured the title with a first-round knockout victory over Cain Velasquez at UFC on Fox 1. He successfully defended the title just once before losing it.