The UFC has officially dodged a bullet, as heavyweight Mark Hunt went on Twitter and revealed he’d finally received a visa. As a result, the “Super Samoan” will be able to fly to Las Vegas for his May 25 match-up with Junior dos Santos at UFC 160 instead of see the opportunity fall apart for reasons out of his control.
Hunt’s availability for the fight was in jeopardy based on an old arrest causing issues with his ability to get clearance to leave New Zealand where he resides. Though the 39-year old never wavered in his confidence pertaining to the matter being resolved before showtime, Roy Nelson was brought in as a potential replacement and even received a license to compete if necessary.
The 9-7 slugger has won his last four fights including knockouts of Cheick Kongo and Stefan Struve. If victorious, Hunt will put himself in prime position to challenge for the title. Likewise, Dos Santos is also seen as a top contender based on his 15-2 mark in the sport and recent run as divisional king.