UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt is a pretty popular guy right now. With Alistair Overeem seemingly out of his scheduled UFC 146 bout with UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos, fan support for Hunt stepping in has been spreading like wildfire. The Super Samoan was a guest on The MMA Hour with MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani, and discussed the whole surreal situation. He also had some harsh words for Mr. Overeem. First off, he talks about the possible shot at JDS (transcribed by MMA Mania):
"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 even 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."
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How does he think he matches up with the champ?
"I match up good against anyone so I do match up against him. 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."
Hunt was pretty direct when the topic switched to The Reem and his failed test, read it after the jump:
"Drugs in all sports is a big problem. It's a cutthroat business, people take this sh*t just to get by. I don't use that sh*t, 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 to 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 sh*t when I was fighting him? That's on him, he has to live with that sh*t 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."
Hunt is currently scheduled to take on Stefan Struve on the main card of UFC 146 on May 26th, and nothing will be confirmed in terms of who Dos Santos faces until Overeem's hearing on April 24th. Could it be Hunt? Dan Henderson? One of the other UFC 146 main card heavyweights? Or maybe even Overeem himself? We'll finally get some answers in two weeks.