One simple statement was all it took to shoot down the online community that has actively been rallying for Mark Hunt to slide into a potentially vacant title-shot.
During the post-event press conference for UFC on Fuel 2, organizational president Dana White was asked about the recent outpouring of support for Hunt to replace Alistair Overeem and face Junior dos Santos for the heavyweight title next month. Hunt is currently scheduled to face Stefan Struve on the same card and it appears he’ll remain in that position despite the support.
“Mark Hunt will not get title shot…will have to fight a contender,” White said. “They can keep rallying. It ain’t going to happen.”
Hunt seemed to be the fighter most online wanted to see replace Overeem if he’s not licensed to fight later this month when he faces the NSAC to address his use of testosterone. Though Hunt has righted his ship as of late, winning three fights in a row, jumping straight from being outside the Top 10 into title-contention seemed a long shot even before White made his comments.
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