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The dream is dead, folks. Ever since Alistair Overeem tested positive for elevated testosterone, the fate of his UFC 146 title shot against UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos has been up in the air. If Overeem was indeed pulled from the fight, who would take his place? Lately fans have been rallying for fellow UFC 146 competitor Mark Hunt to take his spot, and the movement built enough momentum to make Hunt a star on twitter. It all came crashing down today at the UFC on Fuel 2 post-fight press conference though, courtesy of UFC president Dana White. When asked if he had seen the rally, he crushed Super Samoan fans everywhere with his response:
"Yes. They can keep rallying. It ain't going to happen. I have apologized and praised Mark Hunt for what he's accomplished in the situation he was in. And I think this fight with Struve is a good fight for him. If he beats Struve, he'll break in and start fighting some of the top five heavyweights in the world. Anything can happen in a fight, but in all reality, it's not fair to Mark Hunt either, to throw the guy right in there with Junior Dos Santos for a title shot. The guy worked his way up, he beats Struve, he fights somebody in the top five. I guarantee you this, he beats Struve, his next fight will be someone in the top five that can get him closer to that title shot."
I think I speak for at least some people when I say that I'm happy Dana finally shot this goofy idea down and we can now move onto talking about stuff that is actually realistic. As much as I like Mark Hunt (and have for many years), Dana's right - it doesn't make any sense for Hunt to skip the line. Sorry.
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