While Mark Hunt and UFC officials try to sort out visa issues that could prevent “The Super Samoan” from gaining entry into the U.S. for his May 25 encounter against Junior dos Santos, “Cigano” remains solely focused on destroying the New Zealander.
The two will meet in the co-main event of the UFC 160 fight card if Hunt’s visa problems are taken care of in time.
However, that might not necessarily be a good thing for the former kick-boxer, as dos Santos seems determined to do serious damage if things go as planned, and Hunt makes it to MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
“I think I’m better than him, I’m [a] more complete fighter than him,” dos Santos stated in a UFC 160 promo. “I believe so much in myself and I believe in my skills. I can knock anyone out, and I’m gonna knock this guy out. He’s very tough; he keeps trying until he knocks the guys out, so he’s really dangerous. I’m gonna stop him. It’s over for him. Now he’s gonna lose.”
It’s not surprising to find dos Santos so intense heading into UFC 160, considering the fact he’s coming off his first loss in the UFC, and a win against Hunt would make him the number one contender in the heavyweight division.
“The winner of this fight is going to fight for the title, and that’s what I want,” JDS added. “I want to fight for the title again because I really believe I’m the number one.”
On paper, a JDS vs. Hunt bout seems to favor the Brazilian, but the same could be said about all of Mark’s recent opponents. Yet, the Pride FC veteran managed to emerge victorious in his last four fights, so it wouldn’t be prudent to count him out at this point. The main reason: Hunt’s ability to put anyone away with one massive shot, as Chris Tuchscherer, Cheick Kongo, and Stefan Struve all found out the hard way.
Obviously, JDS’ best bet would be to take Mark Hunt down and work him over with his superior Brazilian Jiu Jitsu skills — which shouldn’t be too difficult given the fact Struve was able to ground and mount Mark. However, it’s hard to see Junior taking the easy way out, so a standup war — which ends with one man unconscious — is more likely to break out at UFC 160.