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Mark Hunt is in for the injured Alistair Overeem to face Junior dos Santos at UFC 160.
Mark Hunt is moving closer and closer to a UFC title shot, something that seemed almost unthinkable when he was quickly submitted by Sean McCorkle at UFC 119. Coming off a jaw breaking knockout win over Stefan Struve, Hunt seemed like a solid choice to step in at UFC 160 to face Junior dos Santos after Alistair Overeem was forced out of the bout due to injury.
After a bit of he said, he said from Dana White and Hunt over if he had turned down the bout, Hunt is now officially in.
A day after UFC president Dana White said Hunt turned down a fight against Junior dos Santos at UFC 160, "The Super Samoan" got the fight he wanted following a phone conversation with White Thursday night.
As a result, Hunt will now meet dos Santos on May 25 in Las Vegas. White confirmed the news with MMAFighting.com Saturday morning.
When contacted by MMAFighting.com, an ecstatic Hunt called the opportunity "my title shot." Hunt, who denied ever directly turning down the opportunity, was pleased with the outcome of the call, as was White. They would not discuss exactly what they spoke about.
We'll have more news on the fight in the coming days.