UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt has received his visa and is on his way to the United States after a frustrating couple of weeks for the fighter. Hunt also received his license to fight at UFC 160 from the Nevada State Athletic Commission via telephone this past Friday. Both developments clear the way for Hunt to fight Junior dos Santos this Saturday at UFC 160.
Hunt announced the development via twitter earlier today.
There was some considerable concern for the the UFC that Hunt would be unable to fight this weekend. The promotion even made sure to tab Roy Nelson as a late-replacement in case the “Super Samoan” was denied a visa.
The issues for Hunt began in the wake of the bombings in Boston as US Immigration officials cracked down on visa applications. The fighter had been involved with a bar fight years ago in Las Vegas and while the charges were filed, they were later dismissed. UFC officials had been working with the US consulate to get Hunt approved and it has paid off now.
UFC 160 takes place May 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight card will be headlined by a heavyweight title fight between champion Cain Velasquez and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. The bout between Hunt and Junior dos Santos will co-headline the Memorial Day weekend card.
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