The heavyweight-only main card of UFC 146 takes another hit as the injury bug has forced Mark Hunt to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve. Fortunately, UFC officials announced today that Lavar Johnson has jumped at the opportunity replace Hunt on the card.
According to Johnson, “I heard last night there was a chance I could get this fight and I accepted right away. You don’t get chances like this too much in life, so when you are lucky, you got to make the most of it.”
Since transitioning from Strikeforce, Johnson (17-5) has proceeded to earn “Knockout of the Night” performances in both of his UFC fights. He has recorded first round finishes of Joey Beltran at UFC on FOX 2 and most recently of Pat Barry at UFC on FOX 3 on May 5th.
The young Struve (23-5), who is usually never in a dull fight, has won four of last five outings. He has recorded six wins by knockout and fifteen by submission. He is coming off a first round technical knockout of Dave Herman at UFC on FUEL TV 2.
UFC 146 takes place from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos will put his title on the line against former champion Frank Mir in the main event of the card.
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