Just as former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem pulled out of his UFC 160 battle with former heavyweight kingpin Junior Dos Santos - Australian crowd-pleaser Mark Hunt's loyal fanbase hit social media in hopes of hyping him into the fight. Stunningly, it worked!
UFC President Dana White cracked the whip on this one - ordering the bout in place of the originally planned heavyweight clash after the big fan swamping.
In fact, it took just one ring of the phone to get Hunt to sign the contract. The "Super Samoan" has waited forever for his career takeoff opportunity. The Aussie born mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter said repeatedly about "never turning down a fight" throughout his thrilling career.
The Main Event of UFC 160 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada is Cain Velasquez against Antonio "Big Foot" Silva - the winner of the Dos Santos-Hunt bout, which plays as the co-feature, perhaps may be next for the winner of that fight. This card plays a massive role in the UFC Heavyweight division.
Hunt is coming off a staggering destruction of Dutch skyscraper Stefan Struve. He demolished the tall man moments into Round 3. Nobody, even his worst critics can deny that another win here against Dos Santos won't warrant him a top seat in the UFC title picture.
Dos Santos is a tall task though. Although he likes to scrap, Dos Santos would be the biggest danger to Hunt if he wraps him up with his Jiu Jitsu skills and tweaks his brutal boxing skillset to a more defensive manner.
Knowing what Dos Santos desires - expect a toe-to-toe war. It's an impulsive style that two regional celebrities will do anything to get through. You will see a fight. You will see true showmanship. It's not a fight to overlooked.
Whatever does happen, be a victory for Hunt or Dos Santos, perhaps it would be best to get the fans behind them in a slugfest. The UFC doesn't work with fighters who bring "stinkers", it's about who impresses and who sells themselves as the ultimate world class MMA fighter.
Original article by David King
Rewritten by Corey Quincy