UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt dropped some bad news last week when he revealed he’d been rebuffed at the airport in New Zealand when attempting to fly to Las Vegas to start acclimating for a May 25 match-up with Junior dos Santos. According to Hunt, a decade-old arrest has put his visa in jeopardy though not necessarily his bout against Dos Santos assuming things go according to plan.
UFC officials echoed Hunt’s statements on Tuesday during a conference call promoting UFC 160 where Director of Communications Dave Sholler pointed to the matter being resolved in plenty of time to get Hunt in town for his tilt.
“Our team is working on (it). This isn’t the first time we’ve had to deal with travel, visa issues,” said Sholler, “To put anything to rest, we are confident the issue will be resolved and anticipate Mark competing in the co-main event. Mark will be making his way to the U.S. this week.”
Hunt chipped in as well, stating, “It is a stupid misunderstanding is all it is. It should be cleared up. Hopefully I can fly out of here sometime this week, tonight, tomorrow, whenever.”
The 39-year old Hunt is currently on a four-fight winning streak and could earn a title-shot if successful against Dos Santos. He was last seen scoring a knockout win over Stefan Struve at UFC on Fuel 8 a few months back.
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