UFC president Dana White was all about handing out top contender monikers on Thursday. After announcing a victorious Carlos Condit or Johny Hendricks would earn next dibs at the welterweight strap with a win at UFC 158, White said Junior dos Santos (pictured) or Mark Hunt could also score a title fight with an impressive finish at UFC 160.
“I tell you what, it’s crazy to say, but if [Hunt] knocks Junior dos Santos out, how is this guy not next in line?” White said following today’s press conference. “It’d be crazy to think that he couldn’t [be up next].”
Despite the fact Hunt has rattled off four straight wins, three of which ended in highlight reel fashion, this is the first time “The Super Samoan’s” name has been mentioned in heavyweight title talks.
Dos Santos, on the other hand, was planning on advancing to a championship affair if he beat bitter rival Alistair Overeem. However, Overeem was forced to withdraw, which allowed Hunt to serve as substitute, and the stakes for dos Santos weren’t known until now.
“If he goes in there and destroys Mark Hunt, it makes sense for him to have the title shot again,” White clarified.
Dos Santos watched his 10-fight winning streak come to an abrupt halt at UFC 155. The slugger was mauled by Cain Velasquez for his title in their highly-anticipated sequel.
UFC 160 takes place May 25 inside inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The heavyweight top contender contest co-headlines the pay-per-view broadcast.