UFC confident Hunt visa issues will be fixed in time for UFC 160

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

39-year-old Mark is on a tear in MMA, winning three of his past four fights, including a bone breaking win over Stefan Struve at UFC on Fuel TV 8 on March 3. Dana White recently called Hunt’s resurgence “one of the greatest stories in sports right now.”

Days after the victory Alistair Overeem was forced out of his fight with Junior dos Santos at UFC 160 on May 25, and Hunt stepped up.

Then an 11-year-old arrest caused Hunt visa issues, and there was worry that Hunt would not be able to make the fight.

However, during today’s UFC media conference call, Dave Sholler, the UFC’s director of communications, expressed confidence that the fight would go on as scheduled.

“Right now, our team is working on this issue,” said Sholler. “This isn’t the first time we’ve had a travel or visa issue, so we have some of the best people equipped to take care of these issues. We’re pretty confident that Mark is going to get out by the weekend.”

“As for a Plan B, we haven’t even gotten to that point because we’re confident this situation is going to get worked out. As of right now, the UFC 160 co-main event is Junior dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt.”

With time running short however, Hunt expressed concern that he would not have time to overcome the rigors of jet lag, which can be particularly draining when travelling East, as he would from New Zealand to Las Vegas.

“I’m running out of time to acclimatize,” said Hunt. “I fought once in Vegas before. I went out four days before the fight and it was quite tiring. It was a bit of a problem.”