Tough fight ahead for Kiwi UFC star

BEN STANLEY
Last updated 12:28 10/03/2013
Mark Hunt
Getty Images
FIGHTER: Mark Hunt.

Relevant offers

Other Sports

New England Patriots' Tom Brady finally spills on friendship with Donald Trump Quiz: Test your sports knowledge - January 24 Sam Crome wins stage two of New Zealand Cycle Classic, but James Oram wears yellow Dame Valerie Adams rejigs her team and reaffirms desire to chase gold in 2018 Atlanta Falcons rout Green Bay Packers to reach Super Bowl LI against New England Patriots Southland touch player Brad Kooman learns from NZ debut as Australia dominate 2017 Youth Trans-Tasman series Aucklanders take top three places in 25km race Paddle medals for top Kiwi females at canoe slalom New Zealand Open Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash Dame Valerie Adams' coach, Jean-Pierre Egger, retires

Kiwi Ultimate Fighting Championship star Mark Hunt has been handed a fight with world No 2 heavyweight Junior dos Santos in Las Vegas in May.

Hunt, who knocked out Dutchman Stefan Struve in his most recent fight in Japan last weekend, was touted as a combatant for dos Santos after his initial opponent Alistair Overeem pulled out of the May 25 fight with a knee injury.

Outspoken UFC president Dana White poured cold water on suggestions that Hunt could fight dos Santos at first, but the pair have agreed to an agreement overnight, handing the Auckland-born heavyweight the biggest fight of his UFC career yet.

Hunt, a former K-1 world champion, has a 4-1 record in UFC and hasn't lost a fight since September 2010.

However, dos Santos should prove a tough opponent for the Sydney-based Kiwi.

The Brazilian, who has a 9-1 record, was the UFC heavyweight champion between November 2011 and September 2012, losing his title to Cain Velasquez in Las Vegas.

The fight between Hunt and dos Santos will take place at the MGM Grand casino in Las Vegas.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content