UFC 160 results: Junior dos Santos knocks out Mark Hunt with spinning back kick

Esther Lin/MMA Fighting

Junior dos Santos and Mark Hunt had themselves one hell of a heavyweight scrap in the co-main event of UFC 160: "Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2" tonight (May 25, 2013) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ultimately, "JDS" knocked Hunt out with a spinning back kick.

The co-main event of the UFC 160: "Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2" pay-per-view (PPV) tonight (Sat., May 25, 2013) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, featured former Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos battling the incredible Mark Hunt for the right to fight the winner of the Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva showdown set for later in the night.

"Cigano" was the former titleholder with sick power and slick striking. Hunt was the great story with equally big power and may be one of the few guys in the UFC with actual K-1 level striking. It had all the makings for an incredible showdown.

Patience was the name of the game early, with neither guy committing to any one punch with too much aplomb. Then Dos Santos unloaded an overhand right that sent Hunt crashing to the mat.

Unbelievably enough, "The Super Samoan" managed to get back up after spending shockingly little time down on the mat. It's not often a heavyweight takes a shot like that from the Brazilian badass and doesn't go to sleep.

Not only did Hunt stay away, he didn't stop attacking. We're talking spinning backfists and kicks to go with all his usual offense. The knockdown gave "JDS" the round, but Hunt was still very much alive headed to the second.

The two traded plenty of jabs in round two, exchanging short punches while mixing in the heavier shots. Neither was landing with the same success as the first, though both stayed fresh and continued firing away.

That is until "Cigano" decided to score some easy points with a takedown that Hunt didn't even come close to defending. That likely earned him the second and put him ahead enough to coast in the third.

A simple and safe strategy.

It was working too, but he was still looking for the knockout blow. And with just under one minute to go, he found it. Of all things, it was a spinning heel kick that finished the job.

After three crazy rounds, Dos Santos planted Hunt and emphatically earned another crack at the heavyweight crown.

Amazing.

For complete UFC 160 results and blow-by-blow coverage of all the night's action click here.


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