UFC Fighter Mark Hunt Looking for Title Shot. Dana White Says “No”
For the first time in the 19-year history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, a New Zealander is potentially in line for title bout.
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Former K-1 world champion Mark Hunt is being spoken about as a possible title opponent for current heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos in UFC 146, after original contender Alistair Overeem failed a pre-fight drug test due to high levels of testosterone.
Overeem will appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission in April to plead his case for the May 26 fight at the MGM Grand casino in Las Vegas, but if the Commission doesn’t grant him a fight license, the UFC will have to appoint a new contender.
Super Samoan Mark Hunt, who is scheduled to fight Dutchman Stefan Struve on the main card at UFC 146, is being spoken about in MMA circles as potential replacement for Overeem, while a campaign on social media site Twitter, named The Rally for Mark Hunt, is gaining steam.
Hunt, who has only lost one fight from four since his UFC debut in September 2010, is circumspect about his chances of a title shot against the hard-hitting Dos Santos.
“I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Hunt exclusively told Sunday News. “I don’t think so, but never say never. Anything’s possible these days.”
Dos Santos gained the heavyweight title after defeating Velasquez in Los Angeles last November, and is seen by many as one of the top UFC fighters in the world, regardless of division.
Hunt believes he could take the Brazilian, if given the opportunity.
“Of course I’d be up for the fight. They’re all a beast until you hit them in the face,” he said.
Hunt has recently flown from his Sydney base to Florida, where he will train at the American Top Team gym in Coconut Creek, building up to UFC 146, alongside UFC star Thiago Alves.
“Training’s going all right,” he said of his build-up.
“As soon as I get to Florida and acclimatise over there, it will be good. I’m just looking forward to it.
“When I train, I don’t worry about the style of the guy I’m up against, or anything,” he said. “What I work on mainly is myself. The better I am and I feel, the better it is.”
Perhaps after defeating the Dutchman, the Super Samoan can get his title shot.