CONTACTABOUTFACEBOOKTWITTERPODCAST IPHONE APPANDROID APPAMAZON APPWINDOWS APPRSS
NEW FORUM

GOT THE MMATORCH APP YET?
iPhone & iPad
Android
Kindle Fire
Windows Phone
MMATORCH IPHONE APP

MMATORCH

All the MMA News • Plus Intelligent, Brilliant, Addictive Points of View!
Independently Covering MMA Since 1993 • No Big Corporate Bosses

UFC
Dana White shoots down possibility of Mark Hunt replacing Alistair Overeem at UFC 146
Apr 15, 2012 - 3:30:17 PM
Dana White shoots down possibility of Mark Hunt replacing Alistair Overeem at UFC 146
DISCUSS ALL THIS IN OUR NEW MMATORCH FORUM
...OH, ONE MORE THING - PLEASE BOOKMARK US & VISIT DAILY!



By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

WhiteDana_WK150_46.jpg
While UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos isn't 100% sure who he'll be facing on May 26, one potential opponent has been ruled out by UFC President Dana White.

Alistair Overeem's positive drug test earlier this month has everything in a holding pattern until his April 24 hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. With the possibility of him being pulled from the UFC 146 event, fans, fighters, and pundits have been making the case for several names to replace him, with one particular campaign - #RallyForMarkHunt - getting a lot of attention.

However, while Hunt's comeback and three fight win streak in the UFC has been a good story, it's not going to get him a Title shot, per White.

"They can keep rallying," White said on Saturday following UFC on Fuel 2 in Sweden (transcribed by MMAJunkie.com. "That ain't going to happen. Listen, Mark Hunt is going to have to fight one of the top guys. You don't just jump right into the title shot."

Hunt will get an opportunity to move up the ladder on the UFC 146 card, as he takes Stefan Struve. Should he get past that test, White says a shot at a top five guy is likely next.

"I've got to say, anything can happen in a fight, but in all reality, it's not fair to Mark Hunt either to put the guy right in there with a Junior dos Santos for a title shot," White said. "The guy [ideally] works his way up, he beats Struve, fights somebody in the top-five.

"I guarantee you this: If he beats Struve, his next fight will be [against] somebody that's top-five that can get him closer to that title shot."

Penick's Analysis: Hunt was never a realistic option for replacing Overeem, despite his three fight winning streak, so White ruling him out entirely isn't surprising. He hasn't gotten a big enough win to take that slot, and if he beats Struve he's still a ways away from the top end. Considering his lengthy losing streak - and with who many of the losses came against - it is a good story right now with his comeback in the UFC. But that story itself wasn't going put him into this title fight in place of Overeem.


DON'T GO YET... WE SUGGEST THESE MMATORCH ARTICLES, TOO!
Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto returns at UFC 184 against Roman Salazar after three-year layoff
Renan Barao thinks T.J. Dillashaw would "crap his pants" if he had to fight him in Brazil
Charles Rosa vs. Sean Soriano the latest addition to UFC Fight Night 59 in Boston

comments powered by Disqus
HERE ARE EVEN MORE ARTICLES THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU

SELECT ARTICLES BY CATEGORY
SEARCH MMATORCH BY KEYWORD


MMATORCH CALENDAR OF EVENTS
CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF UPCOMING MMA EVENTS
CLICK TO SEE A UFC VIDEO BELOW

ARTICLES OF INTEREST ELSEWHERE
MMATORCH POLL - VOTE NOW!

Should Joseph Benavidez get another shot at Demetrious Johnson yet?
 
pollcode.com free polls

Has Frankie Edgar done enough to earn another Title fight with Jose Aldo?
 
pollcode.com free polls

What surprised you most on the UFC Fight Night 57 main card on Saturday night?
 
pollcode.com free polls

VOTE IN OR SEE RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLLS

MMATORCH WEEKLY LIVECAST
Listen to the weekly MMATORCH LIVECAST on Blog Talk Radio


MMATORCH STAFF

EDITORS:

Wade Keller, supervising editor
(mmatorch@gmail.com)

Jamie Penick, editor-in-chief
(mmatorcheditor@gmail.com)

STAFF COLUMNISTS:

Shawn Ennis - Jason Amadi
Frank Hyden - Rich Hansen
Chris Park - Matt Pelkey


Interested in joining MMATorch's writing team? Send idea for a theme to your column (for Specialist section) or area of interest (i.e. TV Reporter) along with a sample of writing to mmatorch@gmail.com.

MORE MMA SITES
CONTACTABOUTFACEBOOKTWITTERPODCAST IPHONE APPANDROID APPAMAZON APPWINDOWS APPRSS
THE TORCH: #1 IN COMBAT ENTERTAINMENT COVERAGE | © 1999-2013 TDH Communications Inc. • All rights reserved -- PRIVACY POLICY