It appears that Alistair Overeem will not be facing Junior dos Santos in their long-awaited grudge match after he heals from his quad injury. Just a short time after it was revealed by Dana White that Mark Hunt turned down the JDS bout, it appears that his mood has changed after a conversation with the President.
Hunt vs. JDS is on for UFC 160 this May, and is likely one of the most high-profile striking wars available to the MMA world. Hunt of course comes in on the heels of a brutal jaw-breaking knockout of Stefan Struve at UFC on Fuel TV 8, while JDS is reeling off of his first-ever UFC loss late last year at UFC 155.
The potentially epic bout will come at us live from Las Vegas on May 25th, serving as the co-main event to the headlining rematch of champion Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva.
For Hunt, it’s the blockbuster bouts that his fans have been absolutely clamoring for during his recent streak of knockout wins. He rides a huge wave of momentum with four in a row, but will step a very obvious step up in competition in the Brazilian former champion.
I for one think that dos Santos is hungry to get that rematch with Velasquez and prove he’s the rightful titleholder. That’s a rematch that definitely deserves to happen. But Hunt has so much power and heart that he deserves a chance to prove himself as well. Now he has it on a large scale.
Expect fireworks this Memorial Day, a weekend that’s quickly becoming the time to showcase the heavyweights for the UFC.