The Super Samoan is coming for gold, as his latest opportunity has now aligned him perfectly for a dream title shot. After a four-fight win streak, with three by knockout – Mark Hunt has been asked to step in for an injured Alistair Overeem against Junior dos Santos in a contenders match at UFC 160. Should Hunt continue to remove his opponents consciousness, he is said to be next in line for the winner of Cain Velasquez versus Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.
“It’s crazy to say, … but if he knocks Junior dos Santos out, how is this guy not next in line?” Dana White asked during the UFC 158 media scrum.
The story of Hunt is really the type you would see in a movie and call shenanigans on. Hunt came over as a package deal from the PRIDE FC buyout. Rather than take the UFC’s payout to go away, the K-1 GP winner decided to request a shot against the UFC heavyweights. UFC President White, initially against the idea, decided to give him a chance. Out the gate Hunt lost via submission to Sean McCorkle, a fighter who would later be cut by the UFC. Since that loss however, the fan favorite has rattled off four straight top heavyweights in the world.