Just one day after it looked like Mark Hunt vs. Junior dos Santos was dead in the water, news has now broken that the two will indeed meet at UFC 160 on May 25, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Alistair Overeem's groin injury that forced him to pull out of his planned heavyweight showdown against Junior dos Santos at UFC 160: "Velasquez vs. Silva 2" on May 25, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada, opened the door for fight fans the world over to Rally for Mark Hunt to step in. "The Super Samoan" lead the charge too, using social media to repeatedly ask to be put in the fight.
Then it got weird.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White quietly revealed that he actually offered the fight to Hunt and he turned it down. Hours later, Hunt defended himself openly by claiming he's never done such a thing in his entire life. A while after that, White tweeted out that the two had a "GREAT" conversation.
Now we know what that conversation consisted of.
That's because MMAFighting.com brings word that Hunt vs. Dos Santos is now on for the co-main event of UFC 160 over the Memorial Day weekend. And while it has not been confirmed that a title shot is on the line, one would assume as much and Hunt himself said this bout represents just that for him.
At the very least, he got that top-five ranked opponent he had been asking for after jaw-jacking Stefan Struve just this past weekend in Japan.
Everyone happy now?
UFC 160 will feature the second showdown between UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez and 265-pound "Bigfoot" Antonio Silva. In addition, Glover Teixeira makes his case for a run at the 205-pound title opposite Ryan Bader.
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