Well, it was cute while it lasted, huh?
The "Rally for Mark Hunt" to get a title shot against Junior dos Santos at UFC 146 on May 26, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada is officially dead. This according to UFC President Dana White himself, who squashed the hopes of fans all across social media sites with these biting words at today's UFC on FUEL TV 2 post-fight press conference:
"They can keep rallying. It ain't going to happen," he said.
White would go on to say that Hunt can beat Stefan Struve over the Memorial Day weekend, then it's definitely a possibility that he'll fight a top-five opponent. But that's only after he gets past "The Skyscraper," assuming he's able to do so.
What's for certain, though, is that a title shot is nowhere in the cards for "The Super Samoan." At least not right now and not in the near future. Sorry, but a three fight win streak (with the best win coming over Cheick Kongo) and an 8-7 record isn't good enough to fight the best heavyweight on the planet.
Even if a segment of mixed martial arts (MMA) fans wanted it to be.
Plus, we still don't know what will ultimately happen with Alistair Overeem. He could very well leave his hearing in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on April 24 with a license and the originally scheduled main event at UFC 146 could go right along as planned.
But even if he doesn't, Mark Hunt will not be taking his place.