The UFC is as real as it gets, and fans hoped that the Rocky story would be rewritten in reality. Washed up formerly 0-6 Mark Hunt would go 3-0 in the UFC, and get a shot at Heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos when scheduled challenger Alistair Overeem flunked a PED test. But it is not to be so, at least not at present.
Hunt is going to be fighting Stefan Stuve as schedule. Who Dos Santos will be facing remains unknown with any certainty.
While UFC President Dana White is fully aware the Nevada State Athletic Commission could still grant Alistair Overeem his fight license to challenge champion Junior Dos Santos, the UFC president isn’t holding his breath the May 26th scrap will come to fruition.
Regardless, don’t expect for Hunt to receive the promotion should Overeem be pulled from the show’s featured attraction.
“[Fans] can keep rallying. It ain’t going to happen,” White flatly stated during Saturday’s “UFC on FUEL TV 2″ post-fight press conference.
"Listen, Mark Hunt is going to have to fight one of the top guys. You don't just jump right into the title shot."
"I have ... praised Mark Hunt for what he's been able to accomplish in the situation that he was in. I think this fight with Struve is a good fight for him. If he beats Struve, he'll break in and start fighting some of the top-five heavyweights in the world.
"But first of all, I've got to say, anything can happen in a fight, but in all reality, it's not fair to Mark Hunt either to put the guy right in there with a Junior Dos Santos for a title shot. The guy (ideally) works his way up, he beats Struve, fights somebody in the top-five."
"I guarantee you this: If he beats Struve, his next fight will be (against) somebody that's top-five that can get him closer to that title shot."
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