Dos Santos on Hunt: I can knock anyone out, and I’m going to knock this guy out

We’ve heard it time and time again. Junior dos Santos has some of the best standup in the UFC, Junior’s Boxing is some of the best in division, not many people can stand with Junior, etc.

But the issue with these statements is the lack of proof, in the pudding that Cain Velasquez provided in their last championship bout.

If Dos Santos’ boxing is high caliber, then wouldn’t being rocked multiple times and outstruck on the feet by Velasquez make him a better boxer? Logic would say so, but one must not forget the unknown elements of mystery within a fight.

Were both fighters healthy? Were both fighters prepared and in good shape? These are questions only the future can tell us really.

An athlete can provide whatever excuses they would like for not performing to the expectations of the crowd and themselves, but if they don’t fair better the next time, then they can be considered as doing little more than crying wolf.

Dos Santos’ will get his chance however. in fact he claims that he will be one of the few men to knockout Mark Hunt. While I don’t doubt the possibility of that statement, it will remain something that I have to see in order to believe.

In an interview with UFC.com Dos Santo’s had the following to say regarding his opponent:

“I think I’m better than him, I’m more complete fighter than him. I believe so much in myself and I believe in my skills. 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.”

Hopefully Mark Hunt can clear up his visa and criminal issues so that this fight can happen, because in many ways this is one of the most potentially exciting match ups of the year.

I expect nothing but fireworks, both men’s will and determination will be tested in this fight, and I’ll be watching to see whether Hunt will shock the world and catapult himself into title contention or Dos Santos bounces back from his one sided beating and validates his recent statements.


12 Comments

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    N.C.

    May 11, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Mark Hunt has Ko'd Jérôme Le Banner. I got all the respect in the world for JDS. But keep in mind. Hunt has fought in K1 against elite strikers of the world. Who could kick and punch. I think JDS is the favorite if I was to bet money. However, I'll be cheering for Mark hunt. He's a underdog I think everybody can't help but root for. He's a underdog with a legit shot at shocking the world.

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      FoetusFarm

      May 11, 2013 at 7:23 am

      personally id pick jds to beat mark hunt in a kickboxing match with his better speed and cardio. so when you add all these new elements that come with mma like dos santos' BJJ game training with the nogueira's and his wrestling i find it hard to see how mark could win.hunt just cant push the pace like cain did.

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        N.C.

        May 11, 2013 at 11:57 am

        I don't. JDS is a straight Boxer. If Mark Hunt just did kickboxing counters without the fear of take down's, he'd have an advantage. It's a left hook counter off a jab vs a Leg kick. Reach, power and counter options are completely different.

        Jerome may have bet Hunt more then Hunt beat Jerome in K1 and many top fighters. Hunt wasn't in there agains't can's. His loses are nothing to be ashamed about.

        JDS is still the fav, but if I was to pick one underdog this year. I'd still pick Hunt.

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          FoetusFarm

          May 11, 2013 at 3:11 pm

          you may be right but dos santos is a lot more well rounded than hunt. he uses his skillset to fight like chuck liddel did and ive seen him catch nelson in the face with a frontkick and land a few knees.now is the time for jds to show his ground game off. i like mark hunt but i dont think hes on the same level as jds

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    InfiniteEnigma

    May 11, 2013 at 1:28 am

    I Like and favor JDS in this fight, but he will not KO Hunt. He could not finish Carwin, and I guarantee Hunt has a stronger jaw. It will go like the Carwin fight, or Hunt will charge and hit with something powerful and drop Jr. I see it Jr. by decision though.

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    enjoylife321

    May 11, 2013 at 5:14 am

    The best thing about Hunt is that he will not cower away from shots and if he pressures Jnr the way Cain did he will have a great chance. Cain took the fight to jnr and won. Jnr wins when people allow him to dictate a boxing match. But when jnr gets rushed and unsettled he is unable to get his combination off. Thats why Cain is such a great fighter

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    thexperience1

    May 11, 2013 at 11:11 am

    If hunt goes in full offense and touches Junior, it's gonna be a over REAL QUICK. Junior wants NOTHING to do with Hunt's punching power, that's for sure. Hunt knocks people into oblivion when he's GASSED OUT. The first round is gonna be interesting. Junior's best chance is to take Hunt down and try to GNP or submit him. I really hope he's not stupid enough to stand with Hunt. He wants NONE of that! The only reason Struve even lasted that long in the fight with Hunt is because he was twice as tall and harder to for Hunt to connect. Dos Santos does not have that luxory, he'll be a walking target on the feet.

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    Brasil

    May 11, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Quit this Shiit already JR…you will get your head disconected from your body….arent you a bjj black belt? Take him down and cost to an easy win….or your belt is just show???

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    gm1

    May 11, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    JDS should just STFU instead of talking all that crap after he lost to Cain.
    Dont get me wrong, its nothing to be ashamed about but JDS was talking that he was going to knock out Cain again…Instead he got the S$%t beat out of him along with a broken jaw….

    He better warch his chin against Hunt because 1punch and that jaw will be broke again and it will change the whole fight again….

    Unfortunately most fights dont know how to stay humble after being recognized as a force in fighting…

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