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Scratch that, the #RallyForMarkHunt movement has prevailed after all. On Saturday morning, UFC president Dana White confirmed with MMAFighting.com that Mark Hunt will in fact step in for an injured Alistair Overeem to fight Junior dos Santos (pictured) at UFC 160. When news broke Wednesday that a torn quadriceps had forced Overeem out of the May 25 scrap, similarly to when Hunt’s fans bombarded White on Twitter to get their man swapped in for a suspended Overeem to fight dos Santos at UFC 146, they hit White up again on the social media network to have Hunt sub in for Overeem at UFC 160. Hunt pleaded for his fanboys to let his boss know he was ready and willing on both occasions. However, on Thursday, White revealed Hunt was offered the dos Santos bout but declined. White added the dos Santos vs. Overeem heavyweight top contender contest would be postponed until the summer. The 38-year-old Hunt vehemently denied White’s claims. “I have never turned down a fight and even wen I was injured I had to force myself not to fight your general fears no man but the almighty,” Hunt posted on his Twitter. Hours later, White vaguely tweeted he had a “GREAT conversation” with Hunt, which led many to believe the shootout would in fact go down. And that leads us to where we are today. Dos Santos watched his 10-fight winning streak come to an abrupt halt at UFC 155. The slugger was mauled by Velasquez in their highly-anticipated sequel. The 28-year-old requested an immediate rematch, but UFC decided to head in a different direction. Hunt has rattled off four straight victories, including last Saturday’s highlight reel TKO over Stefan Struve. No word on where this move leaves Overeem or what the stakes are for the winner of dos Santos vs. Hunt. UFC 160 takes place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here is the show’s revised roster. Jeremy Stephens vs. Estevan Payan Robert Whittaker vs. Colton Smith KJ Noons vs. Donald Cerrone Gunnar Nelson vs. Mike Pyle Abel Trujillo vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov Stephen Thompson vs. Amir Sadollah TJ Grant vs. Gray Maynard Ryan Bader vs. Glover Teixeira Junior dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva vs. Cain Velasquez (UFC heavyweight champion)
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Whoa, #RallyForMarkHunt worked? Not that we didn’t think it would work, but after a strange back and forth in which Dana White claimed Mark Hunt turned down the fight (which he obviously didn’t), the two men talked on the phone and worked out whatever they needed to work out, and in the end, UFC 160 will have a clash between Junior dos Santos and Mark Hunt, supplemented by...
MMA fans rejoice, Mark Hunt is finally getting his opportunity against the elite of the heavyweight division. After Alistair Overeem was forced out of the UFC 160 co-main event spot with a quadricep injury, fans bombarded UFC President Dana White with tweets in support of Mark Hunt as replacement. After initially denying the fight, it now appears that fans have gotten their wish...
The #RallyForMarkHunt movement was set in motion the minute word broke an injured Alistair Overeem had to withdraw from his UFC 160 scrap with Junior dos Santos.
Mark Hunt (pictured) even publicly petitioned for his fans to bombard UFC president Dana White on Twitter to let his superior know he was willing to serve as substitute on May 25.
“I want in troops and only the boss @danawhite...
Alistair Overeem was forced out of UFC 160 but officials have found a replacement for him. UFC officials announced today that Mark hunt will now face Junior dos Santos at UFC 160. The bout lost one great striker (Overeem) and replaced him with another great striker. UFC 160 takes place May 25 at MGM Grand [...]
Mark Hunt is quickly capitalizing on the momentum his knockout win over Stefan Struve has gained him. Dana White has named Hunt the replacement for Alistair Overeem in UFC 160′s Co-Main event against former UFC champion Junior Dos Santos.
Dos Santos is looking to use this fight as a stepping stone towards a rematch with champion Cain Velasquez.
Hunt is trying to establish himself...
The UFC announced today that Mark Hunt would be facing current heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos at UFC 160. Dos Santos was originally scheduled to meet Alistair Overeem in a fight that many fans have been waiting a long time to see come to fruition. Unfortunately, Overeem suffered an injury during training that forced the [...]
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