after UFC president Dana White said Hunt turned down a fight against Junior dos Santos at UFC 160
, "The Super Samoan" got the fight he wanted following a phone conversation with White Thursday night.
As a result, Hunt will now meet dos Santos on May 25 in Las Vegas. White confirmed the news with MMAFighting.com Saturday morning.
When contacted by MMAFighting.com, an ecstatic Hunt called the opportunity "my title shot." Hunt, who denied ever directly turning down the opportunity, was pleased with the outcome of the call, as was White. They would not discuss exactly what they spoke about.
An opening presented itself for Hunt after Alistair Overeem
pulled out of the fight due to a quadriceps injury. Immediately after the Overeem news broke, Hunt told MMAFighting.com that he was willing and ready
to fight dos Santos later this year.
No word just yet who Overeem will now face next or when he will return to action. Sources close to "The Reem" said he was shooting for a July return to the Octagon.
Hunt (9-7) enters the bout riding a four-fight winning streak following his knockout of Stefan Struve
last Saturday night, while dos Santos (15-2) is coming off a heavyweight title loss to Cain Velasquez
UFC 160, headlined by Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva 2, will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Hunt vs. dos Santos will serve as the co-main event.