Junior dos Santos (16-2) is back in the win column after losing his title, taking out K-1 and Pride veteran Mark Hunt (9-8) with his speed and agility at UFC 160 in Las Vegas, NV.
The first round had JDS landing a huge overhand right, dropping Hunt to the canvas, yet Hunt somehow recovers. JDS would land another similar shot but with less behind it to drop Hunt. Mark was able to land his own counters, but nothing as significant as he was outscored in 48 to 26 (compustrike) in the first.
Second round proved to have Hunt gassed but still in the game. The underdog was able to mount some scary hooks on the face of JDS rocking him momentarily, but it wasn’t enough to finish the fight. Third round starts with Hunt backing up the former champ and swinging for the fences. After a few small exchanges, both men look extremely fatigued. Hunt begins leaping in with haymakers unsuccessfully as dos Santos stays a step ahead. Out of nowhere JDS lands a left hook, followed by a wheel kick (similar to Belfort’s heel kick), swiping the forehead of Hunt and dropping him with only 40 seconds left. From there it was a few shots that guaranteed the knockout. Safe to say that was the knockout of the night and perhaps the year.
Official: Junior dos Santos defeats Mark Hunt via KO (Punch/Kick combo) – Round 3, 4:18
The win keeps the former champ in talks of a likely title shot. Should Velasquez get past the heavy handed Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the main card, we may likely see a trilogy fight in the near future. Even a match up against “Bigfoot” makes sense as a fresh match-up.