The main event between Cain Velasquez and Antonio Silva wasn't the only high-profile bout to be featured on the UFC 160 fight card Saturday night in Las Vegas. Prior to the title showdown, former champ Junior dos Santos and Mark Hunt went at it in the night's co-main attraction.
The collective power the two combatants brought to the cage was obscene, but each fighter's capacity to absorb damage allowed the action to last nearly the full 15 minutes.
In the end, though, it was "Cigano" who emerged victorious on the strength of his superior speed and one of the most shocking knockouts in recent memory.
What We'll Remember about This Fight
The fight was outstanding. Two of the best heavyweight strikers in MMA mixing it up.
Then there was the finish. One of the most spectacular knockouts we've seen in some time, let alone from a heavyweight. Amazing.
What We Learned about Dos Santos
He is truly an elite striker. His last outing against Velasquez made some doubt about that, but outstriking a guy like Hunt is more than redemption.
We also learned that he is a big-time performer. Coming off his first UFC loss, he needed this win, and he got it. A clutch win.
Oh, and that knockout. Oh man...that knockout. A spinning wheel-kick to the head. Wow.
What We Learned about Hunt
Nothing new, really. He fought well and kept it close. He landed some nice shots, ate severe damage and made it a show.
Though the loss is disappointing, he didn't fall all that far. If he rebounds in his follow-up match, he may be just one win away from a title shot.
What's Next for Dos Santos
I'd say a title shot is probably in order. If not, Daniel Cormier would make for an interesting fight.
What's Next for Hunt
Roy Nelson and Stipe Miocic fight soon, as do Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Either one of the winners from those fights would be suitable for Hunt.