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Mark Hunt Injures Knee, Replaced By Lavar Johnson Against Stefan Struve at UFC 146

(Mark Hunt, seen here at the moment he found out where Lavar Johnson got his nickname.) 

Shitty news for you “Super Samoan” fans, as it has been confirmed by none other than Mark Hunt himself, via his Twitter account, that he has suffered a knee injury in training and has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled contest against Stefan Struve at UFC 146. For those of you keeping track, this now means that every single main card fight has been altered from its original pairing, and we’re still over a week out. If you’re currently a ticket holder for UFC 146, we recommend you cross your fingers and stick your head in the sand until May 26th comes around.

Thankfully, replacing Hunt will be a similarly hard hitting and Jiu-Jitsu shy fighter in Lavar Johnson, who is coming off a big knockout over Pat Barry at UFC on FOX 3 just twelve days ago. Johnson told that he accepted the fight almost immediately:

I heard last night there was a chance I could get this fight and I accepted right away. You don’t get chances like this too much in life, so when you are lucky, you got to make the most of it. I took one week off after last fight [May 5] and then went back to the gym.

So, Potato Nation, is anyone more stoked at the idea of Johnson/Struve than the original matchup? And who do you think takes this?

-J. Jones

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linzhance- May 18, 2012 at 10:13 pm ....
myfeetcanttouch- May 18, 2012 at 8:38 am
Struve by submission in the 2nd round. Lavar will look for the early KO and gas out, he did not look good at all on the ground vs Barry who is short and has virtually no ground game. That leads me to believe Struve will be trying to get through the 1st round and go straight to the ground in the 2nd.
knucklesamitch- May 18, 2012 at 8:08 am

Roy Nelson is only 2 inches taller than Mark Hunt, and he didn't have any problem putting hands on Struve. Fighting Struve is like punching a baby giraffe.
Texascrazyhorse- May 17, 2012 at 4:14 pm
I didnt like the original matchup anyways. Mark Hunt would have needed a step ladder and a baseball bat to even think about hitting struve with any real shots. Now we get to watch Struve put on his best impression of a tree falling in the woods. So its much better!
Clyde- May 17, 2012 at 3:50 pm
Yep. At this current rate, Struve will have pugilistic dementia by the time he's 26.
The_Dead_Cow- May 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm
Seems like Joe Silva is very intent on getting Struve KTFO. I got Johnson via rape choke + hulk smash.