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Junior dos Santos set to earn title-shot if victorious at UFC 160

Junior-dos-Santos-vs-Cain-Velasquez - MMAWEEKLYIt looks like UFC heavyweight Junior dos Santos is being fast-tracked to fight for the title he previously held despite being dismantled by current champion Cain Velasquez as recently as December. Still, though Dos Santos has a tough test in front of him next month in meeting Mark Hunt at UFC 160, it turns out “Cigano” will indeed get a shot at the belt if successful in the scrap.

UFC President Dana White confirmed the matter while speaking with media at the UFC 159 post-event press conference. Hunt is not expected to receive the same distinction, though an impressive outing against Dos Santos could change things for the streaking slugger.

The 15-2 Dos Santos’ decision loss to Velasquez was his first in the Octagon, evening the score at 1-1 apiece counting the heavy-handed Brazilian’s knockout win over Velasquez in November 2011. Velasquez is also set to see action at UFC 160, putting his gold up for grabs against Antonio Silva in the evening’s headliner.


  • THEGUNNER says:

    Thats not saying much for the hw division.

  • MCM says:

    I love JDS and think he beats Cain 7 out of 10 times. But this is just too much. I know the HW division is thin but fighters should have to beat at least TWO opponents before being shoved into title fights.

    Then again they pulled the same shit with Cain so I guess it all evens out.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    I think Dana hates Hunt for some reason

  • moosebaby02 says:

    Yup. I hate those fights where one guy gets a shot if he wins and the other has to work his way up still. So your say it’s a tune up fight for JDS and Hunt is the lamb. Bullshit

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Not to mention watchin the same 2 guys competing on a main event on ppv over & over.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Maybe if enough people complain to Dana on twitter they can get it to where Hunt gets a title shot too if he wins, that’s what happened with Machida/Bader and Shogun/Vera, Bader and Vera weren’t suppose to get title shots if they won but enough people bitched that Dana said ok fine.

  • qat says:

    ye if Hunt wins he should get the shot, if JDS wins and Werdum wins, it should go to Werdum. But of course lets say Bigfoot actually wins the title, a JDS-fight is much more appealing then. I dont think this shit is written into stone as of yet. Dana likes to put stuff like that out there to see the reactions it is getting.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Id say werdum and jds would be better as for a fight as well as big foot vs hunt as for contendership anniel comier vs cain makes sense champ vs champ make it happen or make him move weight.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Not sure what all the fuss is about. Of course there aren’t a bunch of legitimate contenders lined up… this is the HW division we’re talking about. Winner of JDS-Hunt will get the next shot, and the only other guy even in the conversation is Werdum.

    But it’s not like Werdum has been lighting the world on fire. In two years since losing to Reem his body of work consists of wins over Big Country and Mike Russow. A win over Nog will keep him in the discussion, and if the JDS-Hunt winner goes down with injury then Werdum will slide in as the next challenger to Cain.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    “Winner of JDS-Hunt will get the next shot, ” No Richard, JDS will get the next shot if he wins, Hunt won’t that’s what Dana said, that’s what the fuss is about. Since Hunt stopped Struve he took the spot as the longest win streak in HW, and Dana still won’t look at him for a title shot.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    At some point you gotta stop taking anything Dana says too seriously. Barely a month ago he was gushing about Hunt, suggesting if he is able to knock out JDS he’d have to get the next title shot. So now that DW has softened that tone in order to keep his options open, that’s supposed to mean Hunt is off the table? Of course not.

    The JDS-Hunt winner will absolutely be in the driver’s seat for the next title shot, with Werdum in the mix (if he beats Nog) as a Plan B scenario in case of injury, etc. Barring some type of crazy turn in events, this all boils down to a rubber match between JDS and Cain, which given the usual lack of HW options I’m perfectly fine with.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    And what if Big Foot somehow pulls off the upset against Cain? Does that open the door for the 12-0 Cormier to get the next shot ahead of Hunt?


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