UFC Making Progress on Mark Hunt Travel Issues, Confident He’ll Be in the U.S. This Weekend


Ben Rothwell and Mark Hunt at UFC 135Travel issues in the fight game are commonplace, especially with so many fighters in the UFC originating from nearly every corner of the globe. But Mark Hunt’s situation is cutting close to the wire with his UFC 160 co-main event bout with Junior dos Santos slated for a week from Saturday.

UFC officials on Tuesday, however, said they were confident that the issue would be resolved in time to get Hunt from New Zealand to the United States in time for the fight.

“This isn’t the first time we’ve had a visa issue or a travel issue,” said Dave Sholler, UFC Director of Communications.

“Our team is working through the issue and we’re confident Mark will be making his way to the U.S. this weekend.”

Hunt was supposed to have made the trip a few days ago, but he ran into a snag due to a past arrest in the United States, although he was never charged or prosecuted.

Much of the added scrutiny is believed to be due to heightened security following the recent Boston Marathon bombing.

Hunt wanted to arrive in Las Vegas with time to avoid the acclimatization issues that have affected him in the past.

“I’m running out of time to acclimatize,” Hunt said on Tuesday. “I fought once in Vegas before. I went out four days before the fight and it was quite tiring. It was a bit of a problem.”

He is currently 11 days out from UFC 160, so if he can make it to the United States by the weekend, Hunt will still have more time to acclimatize than in the past. But he is keenly aware that the clock is ticking.

Sholler reiterated, however, that the UFC officials working to rectify the situation expect Hunt to gain clearance soon.

“We’re pretty confident that he’s going to get out of there by this weekend,” he stated.

“As for a Plan B, we haven’t even gotten to that point because we’re confident this situation is going to get worked out. As of right now, the UFC 160 co-main event is Junior dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 28 days ago
  • 77 views

The sport of mixed martial arts carries a 24-hour news cycle, and there appears to be something brewing with Mark Hunt's current employment status with the UFC. While Monday was monopolized with the read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 22 views

WTF? Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was expected to send heavyweight slugger Mark Hunt into the headliner of its upcoming UFC Fight Night 52 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, scheduled for the Sa read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 34 views

Mark Hunt sent out cryptic tweets, stating that he is now 'unemployed'. Does this mean his UFC: Japan headlining bout is off? Although booked to face Roy Nelson as the headliner for UFC: Japan next m read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 4 views

UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt reveals the reason as to why he publicly stated that he was fired from the UFC on twitter. Apparently when Mark Hunt is hungry, he mistakenly assumes he is an unemployed man read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 376 views

It turns out Mark Hunt wasn't just playing around a couple weeks back, when he tweeted that he was going to be 'unemployed.' Mark Hunt caused a buzz a few weeks ago, when he tweeted, "Not my choice g read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 4 views

Mark Hunt has signed a new six-fight deal with the UFC and he will likely retire from fighting upon fulfilling his contract, according to a report on Wednesday. Hunt spoke with UFC Tonight and explai read news >>

  • 4 days ago
  • 29 views

So much for those unemployment rumors. Mark Hunt recently sent fight fans into a bit of a frenzy after he published a cryptic tweet implying that he was no longer employed by Ultimate Fighting Champi read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 337 views

Mark Hunt is scheduled to fight Roy Nelson on Sept. 20 in Japan. At least that's what the UFC is hoping will happen. Hunt tweeted on Tuesday that he was "unemployed," which was obviously alarming con read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 18 views

Hey Mark, eat a Snickers. You're not you when you're hungry. Well, that's a relief. Not just for mixed martial arts (MMA) fans, but for Roy Nelson, as well. "Big Country" was likely baffled at the re read news >>