"[Hunt's punches] was way harder than Cain's punch, but he hits very hard. He's got the heavy hands and I knew that. I respect that guy a lot, but like I said tonight I believe so much in myself and my striking skills I believe I can knock anyone out."
-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight contender Junior dos Santos compares the striking power of his last two opponents --Mark Hunt and Cain Velasquez-- at the UFC 160 post-fight press conference (watch it here) Saturday night on Las Vegas, Nevada. Not all that surprisingly, dos Santos gave the nod in punching power to "The Super Samoan," who has long been considered one of the heaviest hitters in all of mixed martial arts (MMA). What is interesting about the statement, though, is the fact Velasquez was able to inflict much more damage in his fight with "Cigano" than Hunt was able to, even knocking down the Brazilian with his strikes in the first round. While Velasquez's power may not stack up to Hunt's --in reality few have possess that kind of power-- but as evidence in his knockout of Antonio Silva in the UFC 160 main event, the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) still packs a pretty solid punch.
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