Overeem out vs. JDS … Mark Hunt is DTF (down to FIGHT) but Dana says Nope

Posted: March 7, 2013 in Commentary/Opinion, Latest news
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mark-huntThe highly anticipated co-main event matchup between Junior Dos Santos and Frank Mir at UFC 160 has been scrapped. Overeem has sustained an injury and will be pulled from the fight, leaving JDS without an opponent. And Mark hunt has just made himself available. But it didn’t take Dana White long to squash everyone’s hopes.

Hunt’s fans are rabid, and naturally they jumped at the chance to hype their favorite guy. And Hunt is ready if he’s offered the fight. “If I get the call for the fight, I’m there, of course,” he told MMA Fighting.  “And the fans are crazy for it, so it’s good.” Unfortunately for Hunt, that offer won’t be coming this time. White already stated that JDS vs. Overeem would be pushed to a later event.

Hunt has won four straight fights in what has become a career revitalization for the former K-1 champion and Pride star. Not only does this fight sound interesting, but it would have made perfect sense as well. Hunt has publicly stated he wants a top 5 opponent next, and frankly, he deserves it. The top of the heavyweight division has always been a little thin. This was a chance to elevate one of the middle tier guys with a huge fan following.

“I’m always down for a battle,” he said. “I was born down. You know this.” It’s safe to say, Hunt has that “cool” factor going in his favor as well. I was totally down for this fight also. Thank you Dana fro ruining my day.

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