A heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Junior Dos Santos was in the works, but an injury forced Alistair Overeem to pull out of their UFC 160 fight. News began to spread that Mark Hunt was looking to accept the bout, but Dana White claimed Hunt turned it down due to nagging training injuries. However, Hunt would reply via Twitter, saying he never declined such a fight.
Hunt would say:
“I have never turned down a fight and even when I was injured I had to force myself not to fight your general fears no man but the almighty.”
It looks like Hunt was ready to scrap, but now the Overeem and JDS bout has been booked for a later date. Dana White replied via Twitter, saying he had a good conversation with Hunt. This is definitely open to interpretation as Hunt will not be fighting Junior Dos Santos. Kudos to Hunt for wanting the big bout, which would have sealed his fate as the number one contender if he would have come out victorious.
Instead, Hunt will get a different opponent, which could be anyone at this point. I’m not one to speculate, but maybe Dana White talked with Hunt about a new contract with the UFC. Hunt is currently on a four fight winning streak, which is a great feat in the UFC’s heavyweight division. Beating Stefan Struve in dominate fashion made him a contender, and maybe White has decided to extend his fighting contract. Whatever it is, it looks like Mark Hunt is here to stay.