UFC 160: Mark Hunt earns next title shot with knockout of Junior dos Santos

Mark Kolbe

UFC heavyweight contender Mark Hunt got some amazing news earlier today when his boss Dana White announced his upcoming fight against former champion Junior dos Santos would be for the number one contender spot -- assuming "The Super Samoan" can KO his Brazilian foe.

Sorry Fabricio Werdum.

It appears the #Rally4MarkHunt campaign for a "Super Samoan" title shot is finally starting to pay off.

UFC President Dana White confirmed following today's UFC 158 press conference that the upcoming (May 25, 2013) UFC 160 fight between former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos and the former K-1 Grand Prix Champion Mark Hunt will be for the number one contender's spot. Hunt will earn his shot at UFC gold if he manages to knock Dos Santos silly.

Adam Martin broke the news on Twitter:

Hunt entered UFC on a five-fight losing streak and then proceeded to lose his promotional debut via first round submission to Sean McCorkle, but he never gave up.

Now on a four-fight winning streak in UFC including a recent "Knockout of the Night" -winning performance against towering prospect Stefan Struve (watch it here), "The Super Samoan" posses the longest active win streak among all fighters in the UFC's heavyweight division.

Pretty impressive, huh?

The powerful slugger experienced a bit of drama when Alistair Overeem pulled out of the Dos Santos fight and UFC President Dana White announced Hunt had turned down a fight against the former champion.

Thankfully, after a "great conversation," the fight is back on and Hunt's dream of becoming a UFC champion is back in full force. With three of his last four victories coming by way of KO, can he finish the durable ex-champ?

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