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 204 results: Stefan Struve makes it 3 of 4, chokes out Daniel Omielanczuk in second round

  • 17 days ago

MANCHESTER, England – If Daniel Omielanczuk was hoping that fighting in the clinch would help him negate Stefan Struve’s massive height advantage, he found out relatively quickly how wrong he was.Fil read news >>

Stefan Struve chokes out Daniel Omielanczuk for second straight win

  • 17 days ago

Stefan Struve showed off an impressive ground game at UFC 204 read news >>

UFC 204 results: Stefan Struve defeats Daniel OmielaÅ?czuk via submission

  • 17 days ago

Struve Dominant On Ground In UFC 204 Win Over OmielanczukEngland continues to be very good toUFC heavyweight Stefan Struve.Fouryears after a TKO victory over UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, St read news >>

UFC 204: Stefan Struve vs. Daniel Omielanczuk video highlights

  • 17 days ago

Stefan Struve’s height is a weapon in every fight, but it was his often overlooked ground game that ultimately won him his fight with Daniel Omielanczuk.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Stefan Struve Takes Out Daniel Omielanczuk (UFC 204 Highlights) |

  • 17 days ago

Check out the UFC 204 fight highlights of Stefan Struve vs. Daniel Omielanczuk from Manchester, England. read news >>

UFC 204 winner Stefan Struve says rematch with champ Stipe Miocic might be one 'big win' away

  • 17 days ago

MANCHESTER, England – Although unhappy with how his body performed at Saturday’s UFC 204 event, Stefan Struve is ready to address the issues and resume his title walk: “I want to work my way up, back read news >>

Stefan Struve Doesn't Think He's Earned Title Shot Just Yet |

  • 14 days ago

Heavyweight Stephan Struve now has three victories in his last four fights, but he doesn’t necessarily think he’s placed himself in title contention just yet. read news >>

UFC heavyweight Stefan Struve has an opponent in mind: Josh Barnett

  • 14 days ago

Fresh off a submission victory and now on a solid 3-1 run, Stefan Struve said he’s ready for a step up in competition.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Seo Hee Ham vs. Danielle Taylor rebooked for UFC Fight Night 101 in Melbourne

  • 8 days ago

The fights from this past weekend’s canceled UFC Fight Night 97 event continue to find new homes, with a women’s strawweight contest the latest to be rebooked.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>