Despite Fan Campaign, Mark Hunt Pretty Sure He Won’t Be The One Facing Junior dos Santos At UFC 146

Mark Hunt - UFC 144 - Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Image

With the recent failed drug test result of UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem, a void has been left as to who will challenge UFC champion Junior dos Santos next month at UFC 146.

The general consensus is that former champ Frank Mir will get the next title shot but it hasn’t stopped fans from starting their own campaigns for their favorite fighter.

One of those campaigns which is flourishing on Twitter is the #RallyForMarkHunt in reference to former PRIDE and K-1 knockout artist, the ‘Super Samoan’ Mark Hunt (8-7).

Hunt has won three straight and is 3-1 in the UFC, having finished Cheick Kongo in spectacular fashion in Japan last February at UFC 144.

Speaking to, Hunt was flattered by the fans campaign but he’s pretty sure it won’t be him stepping into the Octagon on May 26 versus Junior dos Santos.

“Yeah, I don’t think I’ll get that call. But there’s a good rally. I’ve got about 300 followers now on Twitter, which is pretty cool.”

Hunt, though, thinks he can deliver an exciting fight with Dos Santos and pull off the upset.

“He’s a striker, I’m a striker, so it’s pretty small gloves,” Hunt said. “In MMA, he could lose.”

On the other hand, Hunt thinks the search is already over.

“I think it’s Mir that’s fighting,” he said. “Have they announced it yet?”

“I’m trying to get out there and be more of myself, for me, especially for this time of my career,” Hunt said. “It’s at the twilight, the end of it, so getting a title shot … for next year, that would be great.”


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20 Responses to Despite Fan Campaign, Mark Hunt Pretty Sure He Won’t Be The One Facing Junior dos Santos At UFC 146

  1. molez82 April 5, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    i would love to watch Hunt fight Junior as a fan more so than Mir…..Hunt is a fun fighter to watch always throws down

  2. Charttopper April 7, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    With Mir vs Velasquez happening my hopes are really high for Dos Santos vs. Hunt. Even if it isn’t for the title, it would be a fun fight to watch.

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