Taking to Twitter does not always get you the results you want, since it looks like Cheick Kongo will not be Stefan Struve’s next fight after their agreement on social media. Struve will instead take on the fighter he was scheduled to fight earlier in the year, but was cancelled due to Mark hunt pulling out with an injury. Their fight has been scheduled for UFC on FUEL TV 8, which is the UFC’s return to Japan. The fight card will take place on March 2nd at the Saitama Super Arena. No other bout has been officially announced for this card, but Diego Sanchez is rumored to be taking on Takanori Gomi on this card. It is likely that Hunt and Struve would headline, considering this bout is a likely title eliminator.
For those of you unaware, Mark Hunt made his name in Japan. That’s where he fought great fighters like Fedor, Cro Cop, Josh Barnett, and Alistair Overeem. Unfortunately, he lost all of those bouts except the fight against Cro Cop. While he was riding a six fight losing streak, the UFC offered to pay him off instead of letting him fight the fights they owed him. Despite losing his first UFC bout, Hunt has rebounded in style beating his next three opponents including a knockout of the aforementioned Kongo. Hunt will look to test Struve questionable chin in this bout.
Struve may be 9-4 in the octagon which is one of the best UFC heavyweight records, but the reason he is not in most discussion for the title because of who his losses are to. He already has a loss to the champion Junior Dos Santos, Roy Nelson, and Travis Browne. With losses like that it’s hard to take him as a serious contender since those are all knockout losses. If he is able to beat Hunt, that will be two big strikers in a row he has taken out. Additionally, having a five fight win streak will make it hard to deny Struve in his quest for at least a title contender bout.