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Mark Hunt Is Totally Still Gonna Fight Junior Dos Santos at UFC 160, Y’all — But Just in Case, Roy Nelson Is Standing By


(This shit again? Oh, yes. This shit again. / Photo via Getty Images)

Twitter rallies, brutal victories and even celebrity endorsements could not get Mark Hunt what he deserved — a clear path to the UFC heavyweight title. When Hunt was booked for UFC 160 against former champion Junior Dos Santos, however, it looked like the New Zealander’s violent campaign had finally paid off.

Dana White said that Dos Santos would get a title shot should he beat Hunt, so if Hunt crushed those plans, then he would be the unquestioned #1 contender in the division, right? UFC gold appeared to be within stumpy-limb striking distance for the former K-1 Grand Prix Champion.

Alas, ‘The Man’ just didn’t want to see Hunt get his. Last week, a 2002 arrest from which no charges resulted magically came to the attention of U.S. officials, who as of yet have refused to issue the New Zealander a visa to travel to the states, threatening his chances of competing at the “Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2″ event on May 25th. (If you have to ask who ‘The Man’ is in this situation, you are clearly a part of the conspiracy against Mark Hunt. Narc.)

The UFC is not giving up on Hunt fighting at UFC 160, though they do appear to be hedging their bets. “To put anything to rest, we are confident the issue will be resolved and we anticipate Mark competing in the co-main event for UFC 160,” the UFC’s Director of Communications, Dave Sholler, told media during a Tuesday teleconference. ”Our team is working through that issue and we anticipate Mark making his way to the United States this weekend.”

“We’re working towards keeping this original fight that was scheduled and everybody’s excited about intact. Our team is continuing to work with all the necessary officials to get this visa issue sorted out.”

The UFC claimed to not have a Plan B at this point to keep Junior Dos Santos competing at UFC 160 in the event that his opponent drops out (again), but MMA Fighting also reported Tuesday that the organization has asked Roy Nelson to apply for a license to fight Dos Santos May 25th.

Nelson got beat up badly by Dos Santos in their first meeting but proved to be the former champ’s biggest challenge up until the Brazilian lost his belt to Cain Velasquez last year. Do you think Big Country would have a shot at taking out Dos Santos this time around, ‘taters?

Also, does anyone know the over-under on Hunt simply jumping on the back of a Great White Shark and surfing it to the states to fight Dos Santos if his visa isn’t granted? #RallyForMarkHunt, you guys.

- Elias Cepeda

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Thumblaster- May 16, 2013 at 7:05 am
Whoever jds fights is going to be less greasy,shiney,and have less facial stubble than his old lady.
Jesus Frijoles- May 15, 2013 at 7:24 pm
That picture looks like a shot of my last family reunion.
danomite- May 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm
Roy's beard wasn't long enough last time. That's why he lost.
Imnotamoose- May 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm
Look at all those scratches on Roys belly. Bet he got in a scuffle with the Hamburgler over the last quater-pounder at the local McDonalds before this fight.

Roy "Roggle Roggle" Nelson will get beat worse this time around than last.
algiersheadkick504- May 15, 2013 at 1:45 pm
If (when) Roy nelson steps in I think jds breaks his hand this time...against roys head of course
crappiefloper- May 15, 2013 at 1:44 pm
I would like to see dos santos vs Big Country. At a buffet, over the gravy bowl
cman- May 15, 2013 at 1:18 pm
Mark hunt should just fly to Mexico and carry 50#s of cocaine across the border and a bomb, then he'd be welcomed.
Fried Taco- May 15, 2013 at 1:15 pm
"The Man" is obviously affiliated with the Culinary Union. Way to ruin our party, assholes.
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