After a long back-and-forth to find a suitable replacement for Junior dos Santos at UFC 160 when Alistair Overeem was forced to withdraw with an injury, the obvious choice of Mark Hunt was finally signed by Dana White & crew, thus booking a heavy-hitting Memorial Day co-main event.
It appeared that the bout may have been in jeopardy as Hunt was reportedly been arrested in New Zealand and unable to board his flight to Las Vegas for the fight. Hunt Tweeted his anger at the situation:
This is wat happens wen u have friends that are dikheads the last fukn time I help these mother fkn trouble makers— mark richard hunt (@markhunt1974) May 9, 2013
Denied again at airport I'm never helping anymore dikhead mates— mark richard hunt (@markhunt1974) May 9, 2013
An update from Hunt stated the UFC is helping him sort out his visa issues in order to get him to America in timely fashion:
@wiapoj UFC is on it should be flying out tonite— mark richard hunt (@markhunt1974) May 9, 2013
At the time being, the incident is starting to look like a mere holdup with no indications of being a threat to Hunt's fight on May 25th. More on what may be the most hard-hitting bout of the year as it develops.