Mark Hunt wants Alistair Overeem rematch upon UFC return

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Mark Hunt says he would like rematch with top -- albeit embattled -- UFC heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem upon his return to action following long injury-related layoff.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight contender, Mark Hunt, is making no bones about who he would like to face in his return to the Octagon.

Appearing on the most recent edition of "The MMA Hour," Hunt revealed he would like to get his rematch against current top contender, Alistair Overeem:

"If they'd like to get me a fight I'd like to get a rematch with Alistair Overeem, you know, when he comes back from his injury or from whatever, his hiatus. You know? I'd like to have my rematch with him. I'd be willing to fight next year so it doesn't matter. If he gets a title shot, that's good on him, so."

The two initially faced off in 2008 at DREAM 5 with "The Reem" defeating "The Super Samoan" via submission in the very first-round.

Hunt, who is currently enjoying a three-fight win steak with the UFC, believes the next go-around will not have the same result. The Kiwi was penciled in to face Stefan Struve at UFC 146 this past May as part of the first-ever all heavyweight main card, however an unfortunate injury forced him off the card and onto the operating table.

The New Zealander says he is currently at 60 percent health-wise following surgery to repair his posterior crucial ligament (PCL), but should be ready to fight by Feb. 2013, which is right around the time Overeem is looking to get re-licensed following his suspension.

Team Reem already revealed should Alistair's title shot be delayed, they are not opposed to taking another bout in the interim.

Bangfest, baby.

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