twitter google

Mark Hunt open to fighting Alistair Overeem in early 2013

UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem recently revealed he wanted to fight again as soon as possible rather than wait for a title-shot he’s been promised, leaving the door open to a number of options as far as potential opponents. One competitor who would be more than happy to take on the role is Mark Hunt, a veteran kickboxer riding a three-fight winning streak including knockouts of Ben Rothwell and Cheick Kongo.

Hunt recently volunteered his services while serving as a guest on The MMA Hour, calling for a second shot at Overeem after suffering a submission loss to him in 2008 while under the PRIDE banner.

“I’d like to get a rematch with Alistair Overeem, you know, when he comes back from his injury or from whatever – his hiatus,” said Hunt, alluding to Overeem’s current inability to get licensed for disciplinary reasons. “I’d like to have my rematch with him. I’d be willing to fight next year so it doesn’t matter.”

The 8-6 Hunt hasn’t seen action since February when he plastered Kongo a little more than two minutes into their tilt. The pudgy, 5’10” powerhouse has developed a cult following as of late after opting to complete a contract he’d signed with PRIDE that carried over to the UFC when the organization was purchased by Zuffa instead of having it paid out for nothing.

Overeem is expected to receive clearance to compete again in late December. He was recently forced onto the sidelines after showing an elevated T:E ratio brought on by testosterone use before a bout with champion Junior dos Santos.