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."
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.