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Mark Hunt out, Lavar Johnson in for UFC 146 bout with Stefan Struve

Just when it appeared they were in the clear the UFC has been forced to make another adjustment to Memorial Day Weekend’s UFC 146 lineup. After Alistair Overeem‘s suspension already caused changes from the top of the card down, an injury to Mark Hunt has forced another replacement to be made, allowing Lavar Johnson to step in on short notice.

“I heard last night there was a chance I could get this fight and I accepted right away,” said Johnson in an interview with “You don’t get chances like this too much in life, so when you are lucky, you got to make the most of it. I took one week off after the Pat Barry fight and then went back to the gym. I used to have some drinks, get some BBQ in my belly, and get a little out of shape right after a fight. But I feel that I am now at a level where I need to be in shape all the time, so I stayed in shape and I can now seize this chance.”

In his last appearance, Johnson (17-5) scored his second consecutive UFC knockout in two UFC fights by dropping Barry. The victory came on the heels of his finish of the always-tough Joey Beltran.

Struve (23-5) has also won two straight since a loss to Travis Browne, defeating Dave Herman as well as Barry.