Mark Hunt to face Junior dos Santos at UFC 160

Mark Hunt

Mark Hunt will officially replace the injured Alistair Overeem at UFC 160 this May, when he faces off against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos. Talk of Hunt stepping in to take the fight began to swirl on Twitter earlier in the week; however, UFC President Dana White initially dismissed the rumor, claiming that Hunt had been offered the fight but turned it down.

Evening news report

Bas Rutten undergoes neck surgery, Javier Vazquez retires, Jamie Varner is in a cast, KJ Noons is headed to the UFC despite his loss to Ryan Couture, and Sensei Seagal has a new pupil — this and much more in tonight’s evening news report.

Independent MMA Link Club double dose: Best of 2012 and top links to kick off 2013

MMA link club

Welcome to 2013 mixed martial arts fans! We have our usual collection of top stories from the previous week, as well as a collection of some of our favorite posts from the past year.