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UFC 180: Mark Hunt says 'only challenge is making weight'

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The fan-favorite heavyweight isn't intimidated to be fighting for the UFC interim title, he's just focused on losing 40 something pounds in time for the fight.

Esther Lin

UFC Heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez is injured and can't fight at UFC 180 in Mexico City. Instead the UFC has tapped a most unlikely Cinderella, contender Mark Hunt. Hunt will fight Fabricio Werdum for the interim heavyweight title.

Hunt, a 40-year-old veteran of the K1 kickboxing promotion who once fought Fedor Emelianenko for the Pride FC title, is 10-8-1 in MMA with a 5-2-1 UFC record. He's coming off a one-punch walk away KO of Roy Nelson at UFC Japan in September.

For his part, Hunt isn't worried.

"Don't think I [hestitated]," he told MMA Fighting. "Only challenge is making weight."

Considering that he weighed 302 pounds Tuesday when he got the call, he might want to worry a little, if only to get the sweat started. He'll need to lose 37 pounds by November 14.

Hunt cut 18 pounds in 24 hours before his bout with Nelson so it won't be mission impossible.

It should be pointed out that ex-champ Junior dos Santos owns KO wins over both Werdum and Hunt but has lost twice to Velasquez.