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By: Jason Amadi, MMATorch Columnist
Alistair Overeem's failed UFC 146 pre-fight drug test has potentially ruined one of the more anticipated heavyweight title fights in quite some time. Obviously, with the way mixed martial arts has evolved over the years it's rare to see two elite strikers match up organically for a big championship fight, and that's exactly what we had with the Junior dos Santos- Alistair Overeem matchup.
Make no mistake, it was going to be awesome; but again, that fight looks to be off the table.
Unless through some minor miracle Alistair Overeem's "B" sample turns up clean (though I don't believe a test on his "B" sample has even been requested at this point) we're looking at another opponent entirely for "Cigano" on May 26.
Last night UFC President Dana White announced that the Frank Mir-Cain Velasquez co-main event would remain intact, putting the kibosh on the dos Santos-Mir title fight that most assumed was going to be made in the wake of Overeem's failed test.
Unfortunately, news of that fight going ahead as scheduled has only added fuel to the Mark Hunt "war wagon" which really took off Wednesday afternoon after the Overeem news broke.
Now, on a really base level I understand the desire to want to preserve the striker vs. striker main event title fight. Really, I do. However, there is just no getting around the fact that Mark Hunt shouldn't be contesting a world championship at this point in his career.
Hunt, who only really got into the UFC on a technicality, entered the world's premier mixed martial arts league on a five fight skid (and a losing record) and then lost to Sean McCorkle in his UFC debut in just 63 seconds. Granted, since then the "Super Samoan" has put together a three-fight winning streak, but those wins came against carefully selected matchups against fighters far removed from title contention. A title shot for Hunt at this point just doesn't make sense.
More than that, though, the very idea that Mark Hunt should be contending for a UFC title based on how he matches up with the reigning champion is an affront to the competitive nature of sports. Sure, the heavyweight division in MMA has historically been somewhat of a joke, but considering the fact that we're finally at a point where we have a reputable champion and a crop of legitimately skilled contenders, why would we want to impede the progress we've made?
Even if the fight was made, the fun was had and Mark Hunt somehow captured the UFC Heavyweight Championship, how long would that last really?
What's to stop a fighter like Cain Velasquez or Frank Mir from taking Hunt down and re-introducing us to the truth?
What's to stop Junior dos Santos from just bouncing back and recapturing the title after that and putting us back at square one?
Would the sight of Dana White strapping a championship around the waist of Mark Hunt really be worth invalidating a UFC championship and reading through all of the nauseating "Cinderella story" articles that would surely follow?
I don't think so.
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