Fans looking forward to the UFC 160 tilt between Mark Hunt and Junior dos Santos may be a wee bit more nervous today, after hearing that the knockout artist has still been unable to travel to the U.S. due to visa issues. Hunt reported last week that he had been unable to secure a visa, but was confident he’d be in Las Vegas by this past weekend.
Although Hunt participated in a UFC 160 media call today from his home in Australia, UFC Director of Communications Dave Sholler stated on the call:
“As you know, Mark has experienced a visa issue that we are working through at the moment To put anything to rest, we are confident that the issue will be resolved, and we anticipate Mark competing in the co-main event of UFC 160.”
Since it’s only 11 days away from fight day, it might be time to get a little bit worried, but just remember, the UFC is accustomed to dealing with these issues. In addition, Hunt says the troubles stem from an incident back in 2002, and the New Zealand born fighter has competed in the U.S. since then. Case in point, at UFC 135 in September, 2011, he scored a unanimous decision win over Ben Rothwell.
Hunt was hoping to arrive in the U.S. early to get acclimatised to the conditions in Vegas, and did admit on the call that things could get tricky in that respect if he can’t travel soon. The finger crossing continues.
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