Found May 14, 2013 on
Mark Hunt and UFC officials remained hopeful Tuesday that the heavyweight contender's bout against Junior dos Santos at UFC 160 next weekend in Las Vegas will move forward as scheduled.
Hunt, a native of New Zealand, called his visa issues "some stupid misunderstanding" on a conference call with reporters. Hunt said on Twitter previously that the problem was the result of an arrest in 2002 when he was hauled in because "two dumb friends" started a fight.
"It was just something that happened a long time ago," Hunt said. "This should be cleared up so I can fly out of here sometime this week."
UFC spokesman Dave Sholler said the organization is working with federal officials to get Hunt's visa issues resolved.
"This isn't the first time that we had a travel or visa issue," Sholler said. "We have some of the best people equipped to take care of these issues. We are pretty confident Mark is going to get out over the weekend."
Hunt said on the call that the US State Department denied him a visa as recently as Monday. He's been denied a flight to the US multiple times in recent days.
"I'm running out of time to get acclimatized," Hunt said.
Sholler said the UFC hadn't gotten to the point of coming up with a new opponent for dos Santos -- or canceling the fight altogether.
"We remain confident we can get this issue resolved," Sholler said. "As of right now, the co-main event for UFC 160 is Junior dos Santos against Mark Hunt."
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Last week, heavyweight Mark Hunt (pictured) went to the airport planning to board a plane destined for Las Vegas, Nevada so he could have ample time to adjust to the time zone changes and climate before he fights former champ Junior dos Santos at UFC 160.
Fast forward eight days – 11 days prior to showtime – and Hunt is still in his native New Zealand because of visa issues....
Gotta give the edge to JDS in this fight but with Hunt’s striking skills and power you can never count him out. Thanks to Rick Lee for the vid.
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This looks awesome. Probably best they put it out before he fights JDS but if he is able to get the win at UFC 160 that would be one hell of a movie.
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During Tuesday’s UFC 160 conference call, company officials weren’t prepared to share who Plan B was if Mark Hunt’s visa issues prevent him from entering the U.S. to fight Junior dos Santos on May 25.
Fast forward several hours and FUEL TV’s “UFC Tonight” has just let the cat out of the bag. According to reporter Ariel Helwani, the UFC has approached Roy Nelson (pictured...
Good news is that the UFC is confident that they will be able to get Hunt’s visa issues figured out and that the fight will still happen. Thanks to MMA Weekly for the video.
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This is pretty classic, but somewhat weird at the same time.
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