MMAFrenzy’s coverage of UFC 160 continues with our recap of tonight’s co-main event between Junior dos Santos and Mark Hunt. With heavyweight title implications on the line, Dos Santos defeated Hunt in a fun fight that left the New Zealander unconscious.
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Dos Santos Blasts Hunt
It was a crazy fight between Mark Hunt and former UFC champion Junior dos Santos. “Cingano” kept it standing through most the fight and both earned the other’s respect with power on every punch. The one time Hunt was able to connect, JDS smartly evaded and took the fight to the ground to end the second round. In the third round, both fighters pushed the other until the Brazilian clipped the former K-1 champion with a spinning wheel kick that sent him to the canvas. Dos Santos followed up with a massive punch that finished the fight with an emphatic exclamation point.
The victory puts Dos Santos back in line to face the winner of tonight’s main event and helps him bounce back from his crushing loss at UFC 155. The loss is the second for Hunt since coming to the Octagon and snaps his four-fight win streak.
Rd. 1- Touch of gloves and we’re off. Big legkick by Hunt opens the action. Another legkcik by Hunt. JDS with a punch that just misses. Left hook by Hunt clips JDS. Nice counter left by Hunt. Huge right by JDS connects and he tries to finish by Hunt rolls up. JDS tries the same overhand again but misses. Nice jab by Hunt. JDS with a jab to the body. Spinning back fist by Hunt and JDS counters with a nice left hook. Oblique kick by JDS. JDS connects on the overhand right again before the round ends. Fighters shake as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Dos Santos.
Rd. 2- Hunt with a nice right and a nice overhand right answer from JDS. Big legkick to left hook by Hunt. Another legkick by Hunt. Left hook by Hunt just misses. Jab by Hunt and JDS responds with one of his own. Overhand right by JDS just misses but he lands a good body punch. Jabs by JDS. Spinning backkick by JDS reminds of Schilt’s KO of Hunt. Massive left hooks by Hunt land and he lands a hard right uppercut that sends JDS evading. JDS immediately goes for the takedown following that exchange and gets it. Elbows by JDS on the ground and Hunt escapes after JDS moves to the mounted crucifix. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Dos Santos (20-18).
Rd. 3- Touch of gloves and we’re off. Hunt just misses a huge bomb. Straight to the body by JDS. Hunt is walking him down now. Nice right by Hunt. Both fighters are wearing damage here. Hunst is just missing his left hook. Kick to the body by JDS. Jab by JDS. Legkick by Hunt. Jabs by JDS are connecting nicely. Good body kick by Hunt. Hunt just misses a big overhand. Stiff jab by Hunt but JDS with a nasty left hook counter and Hunt staggers back. Spinning wheel kick by Dos Santos and a followup leaves Hunt destroyed. Wow!
Junior dos Santos def. Mark Hunt via KO (spinning wheel kick and punch) at 4:18 of Round 3