Mark Hunt (9-7 MMA, 4-1 UFC) had an opportunity to replace injured Alistair Overeem (36-12 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and fight Junior dos Santos (15-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) but turned it down, according to UFC President Dana White.
Overeem bowed out of the UFC 160 bout on Wednesday due to a thigh injury, and as MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported earlier today, White later said his fight with former heavyweight champ dos Santos will be rebooked for the summer.
But Hunt? White said he wasn’t interested.
“Hey dummy Mark Hunt turned down the fight with JDS as of last night so STFU when u don’t know what ur talkin about,” White tweeted in response to one of his followers.
He then suggested a big fight could be in order for the New Zealand kickboxer, who recently demolished Stefan Struve in this past week’s UFC on FUEL TV 8 co-headliner in Japan. It marked Hunt’s fourth straight win and continued a recent career resurgence.
“With his win last week he broke into the top 10,” White tweeted. “He will get a top 10 fight but as of last nite he turned down JDS.”
On Wednesday Hunt told MMAFighting.com he was open to the May 25 fight with Dos Santos if offered. However, he declined comment today.
With Overeem’s injury expected to sideline him weeks instead of months, his fight with Dos Santos likely will be rerouted to one of the UFC’s big summer pay-per-view cards.
For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.
(Pictured: Mark Hunt)
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