With his knockout victory against Stefan Struve at UFC on Fuel TV 8, Mark Hunt established himself as a contender in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s heavyweight division.
Thanks to his recent successes inside the Octagon (Hunt’s currently on a four-fight win streak), he’s now set to face former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos, and a win against the Brazilian would be a giant step towards the UFC’s heavyweight title.
However, Hunt’s biggest challenge right now is to physically get himself to Las Vegas for their May 25, UFC 160 encounter. His U.S. visa was denied due to an arrest that dates back to 2002, leaving “The Super Samoan” unable to make the trip to Nevada.
“Getting real tired of this [expletive],” Hunt tweeted about his visa problems. “This is wat happens wen u have friends that are [expletive]-heads the last [expletive] time I help these mother [expletive] trouble makers. … Denied again at airport I’m never helping anymore [expletive]-head mates.”
Hunt’s fans rallied for the opportunity to watch him square up against dos Santos, so it would be a huge letdown for many if he isn’t able to sort out his visa issues in time for UFC 160. Given the striking prowess of both men, it’s no surprise many have been patiently anticipating their bout.
The UFC 160 fight card will be headlined by a title tilt featuring current the heavyweight champ, Cain Velasquez, and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, while JDS and Hunt are supposed to meet in the co-main event.
Details regarding the severity of Mark’s situation aren’t clear as of now, so there is still a glimmer of hope that he makes it to Vegas if his alleged offense wasn’t anything serious. Hunt remains confident that the UFC will be able to sort things out with the embassy.
If Mark Hunt isn’t able to get his visa issues resolved in time, it’ll be interesting to see which heavyweights are willing to step up and take his place on short notice.