SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27: Mark Hunt of Australia celebrates his win over Chris Tuchscherer of the United States during their heavyweight bout as part of UFC 127 at Acer Arena on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Get ready to see a stubby "Super Samoan" battle a stretched "SkyScraper" on Memorial Day weekend.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today announced that a Heavyweight showdown between Mark Hunt, one of the shortest fighters in the division (5'10"), will collide with Stefan Struve, its tallest (6'11"), at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 26, 2012.
It's a 265-pound scrap that completes the first-ever all-heavyweight pay-per-view (PPV) main card for the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion.
Hunt, a hard-hitting former K-1 kickboxing champion with an cast-iron chin, snapped an ugly six-fight losing streak and has now strung together three straight inside the Octagon. The soft-spoken New Zealander, 37, most recently blasted Cheick Kongo in the first round of their bout at UFC 144 to register an impressive technical knockout.
Struve, meanwhile, is also in a groove, winning four of his last five bouts, including back-to-back wins over Pat Barry and Dave Herman. The lanky Dutch fighter, 24, was just 10 years old when Hunt made his professional combat sports debut.
He'd certainly be wise to use his length and superior submission skills against a dangerous and crafty veteran like Hunt.
UFC 146 will be headlined by the biggest fight of the year (literally), when heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos puts his strap on the line for the very first time against division number one contender and famed Dutch striker Alistair Overeem. Also rounding out the all-heavyweight main card are super-sized match ups between Frank Mir vs. Cain Velasquez, Roy Nelson vs. Antonio Silva and Shane Del Rosario vs. Gabriel Gonzaga.