Which Fight Would You Rather See? Mark Hunt Or Roy Nelson vs. Junior Dos Santos


With the recent news of Mark Hunt‘s visa issues, Roy Nelson has been put on stand by as a replacement for the UFC 160 bout against Junior dos Santos-that is if Hunt is forced to withdraw. ‘The Super Samoan’ has been through hell to get this shot at the ex-Champion, and the winner of this bout will arguably be the number one contender to the title.

So which fight would you, the fans, rather see at UFC 160? I think, for the most part, the answer would be Hunt. The feel good story surrounding his rise to prominence in the UFC‘s Heavyweight division is unlike any other, and the thought of Hunt eventually stepping up to a title shot would be awesome. That being said, would Roy Nelson stand a better chance against JDS?

We all saw Dos Santos’ crisp and solid boxing against Nelson in their first match at UFC 117 back in 2010, Nelson took a pretty sound beating from ‘Cigano’-who was unable to finish ‘Big Country’. JDS took the win by uNanimous decision, but he also showed that his cardio needed some working on after tiring slightly in the third round. Would the rematch be any different?

In my opinion it would be. I think Nelson would stand a much better chance at beating Dos Santos the second time around. The main reason being that Nelson has worked extensively on his cardio, and his chin is just as granite as it was three years ago. That being said, I wouldn’t put Nelson in as a favorite-I still think Junior would win, but maybe not as emphatically as the last time.

As much as I’d like to see Roy put himself to the test against JDS again, I’m too pumped to see Mark Hunt get his shot at glory. As one of my favorite K-1, Pride, and now UFC fighters-Mark Hunt is the guy I want to see squaring off with Dos Santos at UFC 160. Visa issues or not, Hunt vs. JDS needs to happen at UFC 160. It will be a test of Junior’s skill as much as Hunt’s, I don’t have Dos Santos as the heavy favorite in this tilt. In fact I see it as almost even.

The heavyweight picture will be a whole lot clearer after UFC 160, and in all fairness I think Nelson still has at least one more fight before we even talk about him in the title picture. What do you guys think? Stay tuned to Lowkick!

  • Mark Hunt. Period.

  • Agreed – Hunt

  • If it was up to me (visa issues aside) I would prefer to watch Hunt vs Nelson. Yes Im aware thats not in the cards, but I think they pair up best as far as putting on a show for fans. JDS in my opinion is on another level compared to those two.

    • I agree, I also think stylistically Roy may be a bad match for Hunt. Roy has as hard a chin and for all we know even more so than Hunt. It's not like Hunt is hard to hit either and Roy throws seriously heavy hands as well and has KO'd people as good as Hunt ever has. If it ever goes to the ground Roy will make easy work of Hunt. I do however give Hunt a better chance at JDS as he has the experience to deal with good technical strikers. I also think if not for his gas tank Roy would be a bad match for Cain.

  • We already watched JDS dismantle Big Country once, so ummmm…. HUNT.

  • Already saw Nelson get wrecked for 15 minutes at UFC 117 and since then Big Country hasn't really changed his game up, in fact he was badly beaten up by two lesser strikers following that fight, while JDS has only improved.

    I'll watch either fights but I always prefer competitive match-ups and Hunt is so much better at striking than Roy.

    Mark Hunt vs. JDS all day

  • Mark Hunt could win with the 1st Rd KO or JDS will win the decision! Good fight can't wait!
    Would like to see Roy Nelson get knocked out by Mark Hunt!

    • JDS can finish Hunt – not saying it will happen though. I think Hunt needs to win in the first round too, because Jr's pace is going to really wear him down fast. JDS isn't a slow starter like Struve, he's going to be on him from the start. Hunt was tired by the third in the Struve fight and it was leisurely. Plus JDS will most likely take him down and gnp him too, I see Hunt getting VERY tired quickly in this fight.

      I hope Hunt wins though, would love to see him vs Cain. Also despite me being pessimistic about the fight I hope the fight stays on the feet because if it does and it lasts a couple of rounds, it's going to be f'ing crazy.

      Also, with regards to this thread topic: Jr used Nelson's head like a punching-bag for 3 rounds last time, Roy might never recover from another beating like that. Same with Jr vs Cain, it can't be like the second fight again for Jr, for HIS sake.

  • I see JDS dominating either (Nelson again). So personally, I don't mind either.

  • This is a real question? Hunt. I have no desire to see Nelson fight anyone in the top 8. Let him beat the number ten guy and then we will talk. So far every time Nelson has fought a top ten opponent it has gone the same way; Nelson has been beaten if not out classed. I like seeing Roy fight but he doesn't warrant this kind of talk.

  • Not even close…Mark Hunt!

  • To be honest… The fight I'd like to see most is Roy Nelson vs Mark Hunt. Battle of the heavy-handed fatties.

    That would seriously be an epic match up.

  • How about instead of two re-matches on one card.

    Cain Velasquez vs Roy Nelson
    Junior dos Santos vs Big Foot Silva.

    You could even do Cain vs JDS III & Big Foot vs Big Country.

    But this is all based on if Hunt fights or not.

  • Hunts K1 striking > JDS boxing.

    • It makes me laugh when people keep saying Hunt because he's a K1 level striker… Overeems K1>Bigfoots… "striking"… Mirkos K1> Gonzaga's… BJJ BlackBelt but still won by headkick… JDS's striking is top notch he moves WAY better than Hunt, he's got better hand speed longer reach and better cardio. If Hunt doesn't catch him in the 1rst minute or 2 he's going to get worn out and either TKO'd or his face boxed in for 15 minutes. I like Hunt I really do, but I can't see why that's clouding people's vision so much. THE MAN'S BARELY HAS A +.500 record!!!! JDS was just the champion… Hunt's winning streak is against people who couldn't take him down and hold him down, almost catered to his heavy handed style. JDS will not let Hunt land his slow completelyyyyy wound up power punches.