It 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.
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