For the first time in promotional history the UFC has booked a main card made solely from heavyweight match-ups. Already headlined by divisional champion Junior dos Santos putting his title on the line against Alistair Overeem, UFC 146 was recently rounded out by the addition of a bout between Stefan Struve and Mark Hunt.
The bout was confirmed on Wednesday by UFC officials.
Hunt’s run inside the Octagon has been one of the true “feel good” stories from recent years, as the K-1 veteran opted to finish his contract out from PRIDE when the UFC acquired the famed Japanese promotion rather than accept their offer to pay it out and let him go. After losing the first of two remaining fights Hunt has since picked up a trio of consecutive wins including a knockout of Cheick Kongo at UFC 144.
Like Hunt, Struve has also been hot as of late with back-to-back victories over Dave Herman and Pat Barry. The 6’11” Dutchman holds an overall career mark of 23-4 despite only being 24-years old with 21 finishes and seven instances of UFC success in the bunch.
The May 26 show will also boasts former heavyweight champs Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir meeting in the ring for top contendership with other PPV pairings in the form of Antonio Silva-Roy Nelson and Shane del Rosario-Gabriel Gonzaga. Were that not enough, the undercard will also feature action from Dan Hardy and Jason Miller.
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