Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve possible for UFC on FUEL TV 8 on March 2 in Japan

Mark Kolbe

Originally scheduled for UFC 146 earlier this year, Mark Hunt and Stefan Struve will get another chance to collide when the promotion heads to Japan for UFC on FUEL TV 8 at the Saitama Super Arena on March 2, 2013.

Let's try this one more time.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is close to inking a heavyweight showdown pitting Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve (again) for next year's UFC on FUEL TV 8 event booked for the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on March 2, 2013.

MMA Weekly brought word of the verbal agreements earlier today.

Hunt (8-7), a hard-hitting former K-1 kickboxing champion with an cast-iron chin, snapped an ugly six-fight losing streak en route to winning three in a row, including a blistering technical knockout win over Cheick Kongo in the first round of their bout at UFC 144 earlier this year in "The Land of the Rising Sun."

As a result, he was quickly paired off with "Skyscraper" at UFC 146 over Memorial Day Weekend in Las Vegas, but was forced to withdraw after coming up lame in practice.

And that made the stocky super-Samoan "depressed."

Strikeforce import Lavar Johnson stepped in to take his place; however, Struve (25-5) disposed of him with relative ease, avoiding the brawler's five-knuckle shuffle while securing a first-round armbar. The lanky Dutchman followed up that win with another "Big" victory over Stipe Miocic a few months back in Nottingham, his fourth in a row.

If this thing goes to a decision, I'll eat my hat.

No other bouts are scheduled for UFC on FUEL TV 8 at this time (outside of this "Dream" fight), but keep it locked in to MMAmania.com for future fight announcements as they begin to trickle in.

Konichiwa bitches!

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