Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos was set to face Alistair Overeem, but Overeem was forced off the UFC 160: Velasquez Vs Bigfoot II card with an injury, and Mark Hunt stepped up to take the fight. This would mark the second time that Overeem stepped out of a fight with dos Santos, but dos Santos is focused solely on Hunt, and dos Santos is very happy Hunt took the fight.
Dos Santos told Tatame (loose translation):
“I have great respect for Mark Hunt, and I admire him very much for having accepted the fight, since he just fought. I admire and appreciate, because I want to fight May 25 and will happen thanks to him. “
“Mark is a very tough guy, beating strong. I have to be very careful. He has been champion in K-1, faced the best in the world and won exchangers. I will work hard to strategy, I have learned a lot in my career. I guess now I know see things a little better and hopefully I can use it in this fight. My speed has really made a difference in my fights and it is certainly a strong point, but I’ll use all my weapons in order to emerge victorious. But if the fight goes to the ground, I’m going to end well. “
UFC 160: Velasquez Vs Bigfoot II takes place at the MGM Grand Â Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 25. The card will be headlined by a heavyweight title fight between current Champion Cain Velasquez and Antonio ”˜Bigfoot’ Silva. The two fought as potential contenders at UFC 146, but it was Velasquez who won the fight via technical knockout in the second round.
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