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Dana White: Mark Hunt Turned Down Junior Dos Santos Fight

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27:   Mark Hunt of Australia celebrates his win over Chris Tuchscherer of the United States during their heavyweight bout as part of UFC 127 at Acer Arena on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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John HeinisSenior Analyst IMarch 7, 2013

Following the disappointing news Wednesday that Alistair Overeem would be pulling out of a pivotal heavyweight matchup with Junior dos Santos at UFC 160, many fans hoped they'd see JDS fight Mark Hunt instead. 

The fight made a lot of sense given "The Reem's" slightly torn quad muscle and Hunt's four-fight winning streak, especially considering "The Super Samoan's" highlight-reel knockout of Stefan Struve last week. 

However, when UFC president Dana White addressed a disgruntled fan on Twitter, he revealed the heavy-handed fan favorite actually turned down a potential slugfest with the former UFC heavyweight champ. 

This news is particularly shocking, as Wednesday night, Hunt told MMA Fighting he'd be happy to fight "Cigano" if given the opportunity.  "If I get the call for the fight, I'm there, of course, and the fans are crazy for it, so it 's good...Sounds like a pretty good idea to me. I'm not injured. I'm always down for a battle...I was born down. You know this."

Following his UFC on FUEL 8 victory over Struve, Hunt is ranked No. 9 on the UFC's official rankings.

Despite recently losing his belt to Cain Velasquez at UFC 155 in December, dos Santos is currently ranked No. 1.

White later clarified that he still plans on giving Hunt a Top 10 opponent next:

Could there have been some sort of miscommunication between White and Hunt, or was the PRIDE veteran truly all talk when it came to a matchup with dos Santos?

For now, Hunt's legion of rabid fans will have to wait at least one more fight before he steps into the cage with someone from the very upper echelon of the division. Any suggestions on who he should bang with next?

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