One power puncher will replace another at UFC 146, as promotion officials announced Thursday that Mark Hunt has suffered an injury and will be unable to compete against Stefan Struve. Fighting in Hunt’s stead will be Lavar Johnson, who looks to maintain his perfect Octagon record.

UFC 146 takes place May 26 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be headlined by a heavyweight title collision between Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir.

Hunt’s withdrawal from the event completes the main card’s total transformation: Not one current matchup was originally scheduled for the all-heavyweight pay-per-view. The massive shakeup was triggered last month when Alistair Overeem withdrew from his scheduled main event with dos Santos and Mir was instead granted the title shot.

Johnson steps in on just nine days’ notice to face the lanky Dutchman. The 34-year-old last competed May 5, when he handed Pat Barry a devastating knockout defeat at UFC on Fox 3. The victory marked Johnson’s second UFC victory; he was also triumphant in his Jan. 28 Octagon debut against Joey Beltran at UFC on Fox 2. Known for his clubbing hooks and uppercuts, Johnson owns 15 of his 17 wins by way of knockout.

“I heard last night there was a chance I could get this fight and I accepted right away,” Johnson stated in an official release. “You don’t get chances like this too much in life, so when you are lucky, you make the most of it. I took one week off after my last fight and then went back to the gym.”

Struve enters the contest after finishing Barry and Dave Herman in back-to-back bouts. The tallest man in the UFC, Struve has competed for the Las Vegas-based promotion 10 times since his debut in 2009, compiling an Octagon record of 7-3. The Dutchman’s three UFC defeats have come against stiff competition, as “The Skyscraper” was knocked out by dos Santos, Roy Nelson and Travis Browne.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 193 Results: Mark Hunt Knocks Out Antonio Silva Early

  • 13 days ago

Heavyweight Mark Hunt scored a first-round knockout over Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva on the UFC 193 main card in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday. read news >>

UFC 193 results: Mark Hunt finishes Antonio Silva in first in rematch of classic war

  • 13 days ago

MELBOURNE, Australia – After a classic first meeting ended in a majority draw, Mark Hunt made sure to finish off Antonio Silva in the rematch.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Photo gallery: Jared Rosholt keeps Stefan Struve at bay for upset at UFC 193

  • 13 days ago

MELBOURNE, Australia – Those expecting a heavyweight barnburner to open up the UFC 193 main card were probably bummed out. Still, check out our exclusive photo gallery of the Jared Rosholt-Stefan Str read news >>

UFC 193: Jared Rosholt Smothers Stefan Struve in Lackluster Opening Bout

  • 13 days ago

UFC heavyweights Stefan Struve and Jared Rosholt entered UFC 193 on Saturday night with their eyes on moving up the rankings. Struve came in as the No. 14-ranked contender, while Rosholt had won back read news >>

UFC 193 results: Jared Rosholt outwrestles Stefan Struve to take decision

  • 13 days ago

MELBOURNE, Australia – Jared Rosholt spent the first two rounds taking Stefan Struve down and doing very little after that.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Antonio Bigfoot Silva Prepared for Anything from Mark Hunt (UFC 193 Scrum Video)

  • 16 days ago

In front of a boisterous Melbourne crowd, Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva said that he is prepared for anything that Mark Hunt brings to the table for their UFC 193 match-up. read news >>

Mark Hunt Comes Full Circle with Bigfoot Rematch (UFC 193 Scrum Video)

  • 16 days ago

Forty-one-year-old Mark Hunt has had an unprecedented career, and it comes full circle in his UFC 193 rematch with Bigfoot Silva in Melbourne, Australia. read news >>

UFC 193’s Mark Hunt wants to redeem himself from Miocic beating

  • 16 days ago

MELBOURNE, Australia – UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt said he’s still got a bad taste in his mouth from a May loss to Stipe Miocic and accepted a rematch Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva because of his disappointm read news >>

UFC 193: Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva Looking for 'Sixth Round' with Mark Hunt

  • 17 days ago

A little more than a year ago, Antonio Silva underwent surgery to remove a tumor on his pituitary gland. Silva spent nearly his entire life with the tumor. It caused acromegaly, a disease in which th read news >>

Heavyweight Stefan Struve going swimming with sharks in Australia after UFC 193

  • 17 days ago

MELBOURNE, Australia – Apparently, getting in the UFC’s octagon and engaging in hand-to-hand combat isn’t enough of a thrill for Stefan Struve’s fall schedule.Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, read news >>