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Morning Report: Junior dos Santos says Mark Hunt has ‘more skills’ and ‘hits harder’ than Alistair Overeem

Every Wednesday the UFC’s official website runs a live chat with a notable fighter, and this week it was Junior dos Santos’ turn up to bat. The former heavyweight champion riffed on everything from his infamous Katy Perry audition to his strategy for the next time he meets Cain Velasquez — Don’t block the punches with my face!! — as well as his favorite fighters and his willingness to meet his friend, Antonio ”ËœBigfoot’ Silva, if a title is on the line. But perhaps the most noteworthy nugget came courtesy of this simple exchange: Q: Who has better striking, Overeem or Hunt? Dos Santos: Hunt. He has more skills and he hits harder. Dagger. In case you weren’t keeping track, over the past few weeks dos Santos has called Overeem a joke, said he is nothing, dos Santos’ trainer publicly questioned the validity of Overeem’s injury, and now this. I think it’s safe to assume Overeem isn’t getting a Christmas card from the Brazilian anytime in the next decade. 6 MUST-READ STORIES Dos Santos: Hunt more skilled than Overeem. When asked on a fan chat who was the better striker, Mark Hunt or Alistair Overeem, former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos responded: Hunt. He has more skills and he hits harder. St-Pierre fought hurt. According to trainer Firas Zahabi, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre suffered an achilles injury prior to his bout with Nick Diaz. I was worried it would tear during the fight, said Zahabi. We had to cut his last sparring [session] short due to his injury. He had a week to rest it and then the fight. Zahabi added that he hopes St-Pierre takes at least six months off to heal. MMA roundtable. Yours truly joins Dave Doyle to discuss the state of Nick Diaz, April’s whirlwind fight schedule, the stunning rise of Johny Hendricks, and whether a co-ed TUF is destined to become Real World: MMA Edition. Bellator 93 weigh-in results. All 20 fighters met their required weight at Wednesday’s official Bellator 93 weigh-ins, including lightweight tournament finalists Marcin Held and Dave Jansen. Fukoda cut, Caraces popped. UFC on FUEL 8 fighters Riki Fukuda and Alex Caceres failed post-fight drug tests, promotion officials announced on Wednesday. Fukuda tested positive for phenylpropanolamine, norpseudoephedrine and ephedrine, and was subsequently released from the UFC, while Caceres earned a six-month suspension for marijuana metabolites. Additionally, Caceres will be required to attend drug rehabilitation classes. UFC 158 buyrate. Preliminary figures indicate UFC 158 may wind up being the biggest pay-per-view draw of Georges St-Pierre’s career, topping 800,000 buys. MEDIA STEW Oh yes. Chael Sonnen is a poet, and you didn’t even know it. Ryron and Rener Gracie return to break down the positional perfection of Georges St-Pierre, while offering clues about why the Canadian can neither finish nor be finished. Remember Michael Page? Of course you do. He’s the guy who did this. Well, Page makes his Bellator debut tonight. Gold medalists Rulon Gardner and Henry Cejudo stopped by the late night desk to campaign to save Olympic wrestling. Trying to slip that Donnie Darko namedrop past me, Tommy? I’m wise to your tricks. BANNED SUBSTANCES FOR EVERYONE! What’s worse winning a fight and getting it overturn to NC for pissing hot on weed or losing a fight while on steroids? ”” Ulysses Gomez (@uselessgomez) March 20, 2013 Like you were good enough to win the fight but dumb enough to piss hot. Or you suck so bad that steroids couldn’t help you. ”” Ulysses Gomez (@uselessgomez) March 20, 2013 People still failing drug tests , you can’t teach intelligence ! ”” Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunsonMMA) March 20, 2013 @mmaroasted man I should’ve smoked a blunt on the way to the Octagon? Maybe I would have got to stick around? ”” Gerald Harris (@GHurricane) March 20, 2013 BEAT THE PREZ I filled out my bracket now hurry up and fill out urs! ”” Dana White (@danawhite) March 21, 2013 LOOKING AHEAD I can’t wait to have the date to fight gsp and where lol. Once that happens ill be a happy man ”” Johny Hendricks (@JohnyHendricks) March 20, 2013 Lol yes I through my left way to much but when he moved out if u look at my stance it goes to right handed so I used it like a hook ”” Johny Hendricks (@JohnyHendricks) March 20, 2013 FITCH THE RECRUITER Come fight for @mmaworldseries RT @rikifukuda: Im cut from UFC.I had a special experience.Thank you very much all my support @aka_hq ”” Jon Fitch (@jonfitchdotnet) March 19, 2013 CASEY EXPLAINS Fans don’t see what goes on behind the scene, I was admitted to the hospital and was diagnosed with acute renal failure. Care to look it up. ”” King Kevin Casey (@kevinkocasey) March 20, 2013 Cameras don’t show my doctor visit nor the issues the other fighters had with weight cuts. My life comes b4 the fans blood thirst lol. ”” King Kevin Casey (@kevinkocasey) March 20, 2013 TYPICAL I had the sweetest dream… Terrorists, zombies, home invasion robbers… I…

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