UFC 160 fight card primer: Junior dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Bloody Elbow presents their UFC 160 fight card primer, previewing all the action at UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2 live on PPV this Saturday May 25. Here, we look at the co-main event: Junior dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt.

Before the Heavyweight title fight main event, UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2 will feature another major fight in the division. Former UFC Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos (15-2 MMA; 9-1 UFC) faces former K-1 Grand Prix champion Mark Hunt (9-7 MMA; 4-1 UFC). This is the co-main event of the evening, and will be the fourth of five main card bouts. The UFC rankings have dos Santos as the #1 contender, Hunt as #9. UFC 160 is live on PPV this Saturday May 25, with the main card beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT.

For many fans, this is the fight to order UFC 160 for, and for good reason. There's just so much to love about this fight. For dos Santos, it's the potential start of the comeback trail - his return after losing the UFC Heavyweight title. For Hunt, it's another fight in his massively unlikely UFC career revival. It is almost guaranteed to set up the next Heavyweight title challenger. But, perhaps most importantly of all, it's just a fantastic fight between two brutal KO artists. This is going to be huge.

How do these two stack up?

dos Santos: 29 years old | 6'4" | 77" reach
Hunt: 39 years old | 5'10" | 74" reach

What have these two done recently?

dos Santos: L - Cain Velasquez (UD) | W - Frank Mir (TKO) | W - Cain Velasquez (KO)
Hunt: W - Stefan Struve (KO) | W - Cheick Kongo (KO) | W - Ben Rothwell (UD)

How did these two get here?

Junior "Cigano" dos Santos made his UFC debut in spectacular fashion, knocking out Fabricio Werdum with a brutal uppercut way back at UFC 90. He never let up from there, ripping through the division with KO after KO. That ride culminated in his claiming the UFC Heavyweight title with a 1 minute KO of Velasquez in the first ever UFC Fox show in 2011. After a successful defense against Mir, many thought JDS would hold the belt for a long time - but Velasquez stopped those plans last December. Now, he's on the comeback trail. How will he deal with his first loss in 5 years? Time to find out.

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What else is there to say about Mark Hunt? The former K-1 champion and Pride fighter hit a terrible patch in his career a few years ago, amassing 6 straight losses in a 4 year time period. He looked completely done as a high level fighter. Then something strange happened. After a not entirely surprising loss to Sean McCorkle inside the Octagon, Hunt started winning again. And winning, and winning. He's now, at age 39, on the verge of a UFC title shot - a fact that was completely inconceivable a few years ago. A massively entertaining fighter with a huge cult following, Mark Hunt is something truly special. Let's see if he can keep his miracle run alive tonight.

Why should you care?

Are you kidding me? Because MARK HUNT, that's why.


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