Between all the speculation on what will happen to the UFC 146 main event, only one man has benefitted more. That is Mark Hunt. Once ailing from a horrible losing streak in MMA he is now riding high on a three fight win streak, and he is getting more attention than ever because of Overeem’s failed drug test. This is what he had to say about why he believes fans would want to see him in the main event.
I have no idea. I think maybe, they want to see a feel good story of the year. I think people like to see an underdog. I mean, I wasn’t event wanted in the UFC and here we are talking about getting a title shot. I think people like the feel good story. No one’s told me nothing. I’m always last to find out. I’m still looking to fight Struve, but if I get a title shot then that is better for me and that will be thanks to the ‘Army of Doom.’ It’s not up to me but the chances are good. I think the ‘Army of Doom’ has been bombing Dana Whites twitter. But whatever happens, it is what it is. But I won’t be disappointed and Struve is a tough opponent and I will be moving on and when it is my time to get a title shot, I will. You can say whatever you want, but the UFC, at the end of the day they are going to do what they want, it’s their call.”
Obviously, moving from Stefan Struve to Junior Dos Santos would be a big step up in terms of competitiveness. The question is whether Mark would feel he would be ready on short notice to fight the champion. “I match up good against anyone so I do match up against him.” He also likes the feel of being the underdog which he would be greatly if he fought Junior as opposed to Struve. In his words, “It’s good to be underestimated and be the underdog, it’s great, it gives me more drive and more fire. When someone tells you can’t beat anyone or are not good enough, I get motivated.”
Mark and Alistair have fought before and now he has some bold words for the fighter known as The Reem. Not only does he question what Overeem has done, but what anyone in the sport has done with the help of drugs.
Drugs in all sports is a big problem. It’s a cutthroat business, people take this shit just to get by. I don’t use that shit, but when Alistair takes that shit or whoever takes it they just screw themselves out. Like when Barnett screwed himself out of the fight with Fedor. But who am I too judge anybody. I don’t take that shit and no one else should. If they do, that’s on them, Alistair is now in court, and everything that Alistair has done is meaningless now. At the end of the day he just got caught cheating, so what’s the deal? I lost to him, so did he use that shit when I was fighting him? That’s on him, he has to live with that shit not me. It’s not my position to judge him, he has to look himself in the mirror. At the end of the day, I don’t give a crap who’s taking what. The steroids are not going to help them when I hit them. Take as much as you like, I don’t care.”
It has taken a while, but it seems Hunt is finally speaking out, on his part, about the events that have happened recently. One has to wonder if he is propositioning himself to slide in that spot if overeem does fall out. At 38 years of age, his window for athletic competition is closing, and it could be his only shot at gold in the UFC. While he seems complacent with fighting Struve every fighters dream is for the belt so with his strong words for what cheating mean to him and the support of the fans maybe Mark Hunt is the best choice if they need a replacement.