In today's UFC 158 press conference media scrum, Dana White confirmed that the upcoming HW fight between Junior dos Santos and Mark Hunt will determine the "#1 contender".
UFC 160 is just two months away, with the main focus on the heavyweights. Cain Velasquez defends his title against Antonio Silva, while Mark Hunt fights former champion Junior dos Santos in the co-main event. Hunt, who has won 4 straight fights, is in for the injured Alistair Overeem. In today's UFC 158 media scrum, Dana White confirmed the JDS/Hunt fight will be for the top contender position:
Dana just told me the winner of JDS/Hunt is the No. 1 contender. Said if Hunt knocks out Junior, "how do you not give him the title shot?'— Adam Martin (@MMAdamMartin) March 14, 2013
There's more than enough reason to be instantly skeptical over the "#1 contender" tag Dana White has thrown around over the past year or so. Heck, it wouldn't be surprising to see Chael Sonnen lose to Jon Jones and inexplicably earn a heavyweight title shot ... but looking at the current state of the division, there's probably a good chance that White's statement is true. JDS is still far and away one of the 3 best heavyweights in the world and one impressive win would justify another crack at the belt. If Mark Hunt wins, he would've not only won his 5th straight fight, he would've done so as a betting underdog in all of those fights.