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:
Dana just told me the winner of JDS/Hunt is the No. 1 contender. Said if Hunt knocks out Junior, "how do you not give him the title shot?'— Adam Martin (@MMAdamMartin) March 14, 2013
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?