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Does Mark Hunt’s Improbable Run End at UFC 160?

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Mark Hunt is on an impressive and somewhat improbable run though some of the top UFC heavyweights. Since losing his first UFC fight back at UFC 119 to Sean McCorkle — his 6th straight loss — Hunt has won four in a row and become a fan favorite in the process.

Fans have taken to Twitter to cheer him on and ask UFC president Dana White to give him a title shot. But standing in his way on Saturday night at UFC 160 is former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos, who says Hunt’s ride will come to an end at his hands.

“I think I’m better than him, I’m more complete fighter than him,” Dos Santos said. “I can knock anyone out, and I’m going to knock this guy out. He’s very tough…he keeps trying until he knocks the guys out so he’s really dangerous. I’m going to stop him. It’s over for him. Now he’s going to lose.”

As likable as Hunt is, I have to agree with JDS. Dos Santos will not make the mistake that other fighters like Stefan Struve and Ben Rothwell have made. He will use his superior foot work and speed to set up angles and will not stand flat-footed in front of one the power-punching Hunt. He won’t stand and trade just for the sake of doing it. Dos Santos needs a win and he knows how to get it: use his boxing and foot work to stay out of harm’s way. When he does that for long enough Hunt will have no choice but to go for broke, and that’s when JDS will finish the fight with a barrage of strikes.

Hunt may be a sentimental favorite, but up until now it hasn’t shown at the betting window. Top sportsbook sites still have Dos Santos at -450 and Hunt at +325. So if you believe that Hunt’s remarkable run continues with a win over JDS, you’ll be greatly rewarded if you back that up with a financial play.

Here’s a closer look at the fight with Countdown to UFC 160: Dos Santos vs. Hunt:

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is the former play-by-play announcer for the XFO and other organizations, and he has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided, and more.

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