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Just So You Know, Joe Rogan Has Joined the #RallyforMarkHunt Campaign

(We know, Joe, this fight would blow our minds too.) 

Now that Alistair Overeem’s botched drug test has officially thrown UFC 146 and the heavyweight division into a state of anarchy, everyone from Frank Mir to, believe it or not, Fedor Emelianenko, have been rumored as The Reem’s potential replacements for the May 26th showdown with current champion Junior Dos Santos. But one campaign that would have made 90 percent of the MMA world piss their pants with laughter as little as a year ago is really starting to gain some steam. We’re talking, of course, about #RallyforMarkHunt.

Yes, it seems the iron jawed, soft spoken “Super Samoan” has captured the hearts of MMA fans around the world, who have in turn organized a Twitter campaign to have Hunt fill in for Overeem despite already being booked to take on Stefan Struve at the same event. Perhaps it is our love for a good old fashioned Cinderella story that has been the driving force behind a movement rivaling Occupy Wall Street in terms of actual demands met, or perhaps it is simply Hunt’s legendary status with the hardcore (re: true) fans of combat sports. In either case, UFC color commentator Joe Rogan has officially drank the Kool-Aid, posting the following message on The UG:

There are some wise people on this board, and I support this movement.

Style wise that might be the most exciting match up. Either way, even if Hunt doesn’t replace the reem I would still love to see this matchup down the road, especially considering how good Hunt looked against Kongo.

Has anyone started a twitter bomb campaign for this?

Although Dana White has revoked his earlier statement that both Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir would not be filling in for Overeem in his possible absence, he has to see the potential media firestorm that would come as a result of Hunt actually being booked for this fight. And as we all know, any press is good press, right?

Over the last two years, Hunt has had one of the most improbable career comebacks in MMA history, rebounding from a six fight losing streak that dated back to 2006 by scoring consecutive wins over Chris Tuchscherer, Ben Rothwell, and Cheick Kongo. His record may stand at a mediocre 8-7, but Hunt’s well documented striking prowess and damn near unbreakable chin would make for a hell of a fight if he were paired against someone like JDS.

But the question likely on White’s mind is that of PPV sales. Hunt’s name does not carry a lot of weight in the casual MMA crowd, as sad as it is to say that, so placing him in the headlining bout of the biggest card of the summer could potentially mean disaster for the UFC, money wise. Then again, they could always play up the aforementioned Cinderella story if they really wanted to sell this thing.

And for those of you who will be quick to complain that Hunt’s win streak is not significant enough to earn him a title shot, you can simply suck it. Maybe you recall a time, about four years ago, when a young buck from the fake fighting world was awarded a title shot after going 1-1 in the UFC, with that lone win coming by way of decision over a now retired fighter. Does one injustice warrant another? Obviously not, but Hunt has paid his dues, has notched up a few impressive wins in a row, and since the UFC has thrown the rankings aside before, why not make another exception for “The Super Samoan?”

Maybe we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Alistair’s future has yet to be determined, but needless to say when a fighter is caught juicing, it doesn’t look good. And besides, you all know that the mere possibility of Mark Hunt becoming the UFC heavyweight champion would be enough to give you an erection lasting more than four hours. So let’s make this happen.

What say you, Potato Nation?

-J. Jones

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xxxrayrayray- April 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm
linzhanax- April 10, 2012 at 9:21 am
hitekredneck- April 10, 2012 at 5:54 am
Good grief....hunt/jds excites me as much as getting kicked in the nards repeatedly...with steel toed boots....surely there's SOMEBODY in the top ten...i'ld even prefer a rematch with velasquez rather than hunt...make hunt grab a win or two to hit the top ten and i'ld be happy with it.
vanandrew- April 10, 2012 at 4:10 am
Mark Hunt for HW title!
fatbellyfrank- April 9, 2012 at 8:19 pm
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O lou malosi ua atoatoa
La e faatafa ma e soso ese
Le Manu Samoa
Le Manu Samoa
Le Manu Samoa e o mai I Samoa
GO THE SUPER SAMOAN, from your Southern Hemisphere fans
rickards- April 9, 2012 at 7:34 pm
please stop with the "What say you, Potato Nation?" "HMM? what do-ya think potatonationals?"

reminds me too much of the lameness that is the mmamania. wat u say maniacs?? HMMM????
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Feezy- April 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm
The HW shot should goto Mir and Hunt should fight Velasquez. The winner of the Hunt/Velasquez fight gets the next HW title shot. Or Dana White can bulk up to fight JDS and get the chip knocked off his shoulder.
RwilsonR- April 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm
What, no love for Tim Sylvia? I hear he's ready to go.
Anhonestmoose- April 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm
Obviously the HW division is a bit of a clusterfuck at this point, so anyone on a win streak greater than 1 is ok with me. Hell, I wouldn't mind either Mir or Hunt, with maybe Fedor taking the available opponent (I know he isn't all that anymore, but the UFC might get him a big discount and earn a few more ppv buys).
Alan K- April 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm
Good thing my doctor is already on speed-dial.
linzhanaw- April 9, 2012 at 1:41 pm
Bigslick- April 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm
Mark Hunt couldn't beat him so why do you want to see it? It's as bad as Rashad vs. Jones. I like Rashad but he doesn't have a shot. The Demolition Man is still fighting him and is taking the belt.
Sopapo- April 9, 2012 at 12:31 pm
Please god. Please make it happen. PLEASE.
llbunbaoll- April 9, 2012 at 11:57 am
If Mark does get this match and wins. They should make a mma version of Rocky.
Casa de los pantelones- April 9, 2012 at 11:33 am
no, no and more no...stop trying to feed junior turds.
linzhanaw- April 9, 2012 at 11:15 am
RearNakedSpoon- April 9, 2012 at 10:38 am
Diaz, both of them.
Bob Villa- April 9, 2012 at 10:36 am
Sloppyspray- April 9, 2012 at 10:28 am
As sad as it is to say, the only heavyweight who is really "deserving" to step in is Mike Russow...Dude has 1 loss, hasn't lost since FEB. 2007, and is riding an eleven fight win streak (not that every victim of that streak has been top notch competition)...
The only person I want to see replace the REEM is Hunt, or maybe Hendo for the fun of it.
The12ozCurls- April 9, 2012 at 10:24 am
From the way he looked in the UFC 146 Primetime special, Anthony Johnson looks like he is weighing about 245 lbs. He's available to take a beating from JDS but the Mark Hunt story would be great.
RwilsonR- April 9, 2012 at 10:20 am
McCorkle. He beat Hunt, after all.
The12ozCurls- April 9, 2012 at 10:26 am
What about the fat dude that just beat McCorkle?
Fletch the V Stretch- April 9, 2012 at 10:50 am
Great call. Perfect candidate to fight JDS. haha
RwilsonR- April 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm
Well, I not sure McCorklecould make weight, though. It will be awful hard for him to get on the treadmill with his butt being so sore from the unfair treatment he receives from CP.
HusseinObama- April 9, 2012 at 10:06 am
Lesnar, Barnet or fat BJ Penn.
The_Dead_Cow- April 9, 2012 at 10:03 am
Chad Griggs.
dranokills- April 9, 2012 at 9:50 am
It doesn't matter JDS is gonna beat anyone they throw at him.
The_Dead_Cow- April 9, 2012 at 10:10 am
Nega JDS