Although Junior dos Santos is widely considered to be one of mixed-martial-arts best heavyweight strikers, there are some who believe the former heavyweight champ shouldn’t test the stand-up waters, at least for very long, with K-1 vet Mark Hunt at UFC 160. The argument being, of course, that the clearest and concussion free path to victory against Hunt is to take the feared striker to the mat. In fact, the 39 year-old expects that dos Santos will look to take the bout to the ground, once he gets a sense–or feel–for the striking game Hunt will bring to the Octagon on May 25th.
In a promotional video for UFC 160, Hunt was quoted saying: “I do think he’s (dos Santos) going to try to take the fight to the mat once he realizes that I have a huge arsenal.”
Yes, as in “huge” knock-out power. Of course, it remains to be seen if Hunt can match the footwork and hand speed of dos Santos, but if the Brazilian fighter gets clipped early, would anyone be surprised if he tries to clinch or put Hunt on his back? We are talking about Mark Hunt here. This is a man who is so confident in his stopping power, he starts walking for the locker room as soon as he drops an opponent.
Hunt also added in the preview segment that he’s been fighting at a “top level” his entire career, and that he’s ready for the opportunity that’s been handed him later this month. There’s no doubting that Hunt has been in plenty of wars and pivotal bouts, but, that doesn’t change the fact that if he takes out dos Santos at UFC 160, the MMA world is going to be a wee bit out of sorts. Guess that’s why so many people seem to be really pumped for the bout.
Stay tuned to MMA Frenzy.com for more on UFC 160 as the Las Vegas bound card draws near.