Dana White says Mark Hunt will not fight for the UFC title

Despite the valiant effort of countless fans across cyberspace it looks like Mark Hunt will fight Stefan Struve at UFC 146 as planned rather than slide into a potential title-shot at the same event.

UFC President Dana White confirmed the news over the weekend saying Hunt would not be considered even if top contender Alistair Overeem is pulled from a fight against champion Junior dos Santos due to the inability obtain a license to compete after showing an elevated level of testosterone in a recent drug test. Overeem faces the Nevada State Athletic Commission on April 24 to plead his case.

“They can keep rallying. It ain’t going to happen,” said White of the public movement backing Hunt.

Hunt is a fan-favorite based on his time in the PRIDE organization in addition to his knockout power and desire to keep things standing rather than work takedowns. However, he only holds an overall record of 8-7 even with a recent three-fight winning streak inside the Octagon including a February knockout of Cheick Kongo.