A heavyweight bout between Mark Hunt and Stefan Struve at UFC 146 will complete one of the biggest (literally) main cards in UFC history. The UFC confirmed the matchup earlier today.
The match-up is reminiscent of Hunt’s K-1 kickboxing days where the shorter heavyweight battled another incredibly large Dutchman, Semmy Schilt.
Struve would do well to learn from that bout, as Hunt struggled with insane reach and height advantage of Schilt before being knocked out. Struve is currently riding a two-fight win streak including two finishes over Dave Herman and Pat Barry. In the fight with Herman, Struve finally used his reach in the second round and it paid off big. With a win over Hunt, Struve would likely put himself “in the mix” as a possible contender.
Hunt has recovered nicely since losing his first UFC bout to Sean McCorkle by reeling off three straight wins in the division. Hunt has shown a true commitment to becoming a true mixed martial artist since joining the UFC. Hunt recently devastated Cheick Kongo at UFC 144 by putting his K-1 pedigree on full display.
UFC 146 is headlined by a UFC heavyweight title fight between champion Junior Dos Santos and former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem. The event will be in Las Vegas, Nevada and will be co-headlined by a bout between former heavyweight champions Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir.