Thursday, December 14, 2017

UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt was eventually cleared to fight by doctors after being pulled from a bout due to worrying comments he made about his mental deterioration. In a recent interview, Hunt said he wanted a rematch with Fabricio Werdum. Hunt fought Werdum with less than a month’s notice in 2014, at altitude; initially shining, Hunt eventually fell to a flying knee.

However, while he’s not going to get that particular wish, the fans are getting a tremendous striker vs. striker matchup – the #5 ranked Hunt, 43, will be fighting #9 ranked Curtis Blaydes, 26.

Blaydes is on a four-fight win streak in the UFC, and boasts a 9-1 professional record. His sole loss comes to next big thing Francis Ngannou.

Hunt has been more or less alternating wins and losses for the past five years, but at the highest levels of the sport.

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UFC 221 will be held on February 11, 2018 at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. The league’s debut in the city will be headlined by New Zealand-born Australian middleweight champion Robert Whittaker’s title defense vs. Luke Rockhold.