*UPDATED* Mark Hunt reportedly arrested, visa rejected, but the UFC is helping...

*UPDATED* Mark Hunt reportedly arrested, visa rejected, but the UFC is helping him get to Las Vegas


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:

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:

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.

A huge fan of the sport since 1995, I love writing all aspects of the fight game. As Chief Editor of LowKick MMA, I strive to stay on the cutting edge of all things MMA related.
  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/RoryKernaghan Rory Kernaghan


    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/DavidSaucier David Saucier


      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Endo Endo


        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/RoryKernaghan Rory Kernaghan


          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/ko4u ko4u

            ROFLOL They need to make a reality show of fighters that are due to fight but cant seem to make it without getting hurt / threw customs!

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/shogun shogun

        how come bob sapp not here in the ufc? i think he beat mark hunt twice in K1, that was until sapp woke up in the ufc and the doctor told him he got knocked out by hunt by just touching his face. what a funny story do you agree guys?

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/shogun shogun

      put alistair instead of mark hunt i think alistair will destroy JDS and he will become he first to hold a belt in K1 and ufc. Just please allow Alistair to use steroids, pls let the steroids legal in ufc.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/MAMBA24ILL MAMBA24ILL

    Dammit! There's still time. Please let him be cleared!!

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/akieyugames akieyugames

      Wheres Rampage when you need him? he should rally up the team and let Liam Neeson fix this!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Camelux3000 Camelux3000

    You have got to be kidding me….
    Very frustrating situation indeed…. :-(

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/TheRealDeal TheRealDeal


  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/N.C. N.C.

    1. I understand the dumb friends. about 90% of my problems have come from my friends being idiots. Hence me growing up and being more selective about my friends.

    2. There should be no doubt why Dana is bald.

    3. Uh…. maybe we can smuggle him in a boat.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/gelert456 gelert456

      Dana can probably rent a small submarine to rescue Hunt and the PPV, fingers crossed that the New Zealand navy are an inept bunch with no access to modern equipment such as sonar etc., that's not asking for too much is it ?……

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

        Dana probably wants to pull his hair out.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IChokePeople IChokePeople

        Rent a submarine? He has a lair in a volcano that can only be reached by submarine. He's on his way.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/N.C. N.C.

        Considering there was an update. Dana may have really rented a sub lol

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Endo Endo

    No offence to one of my favourites but he's old enough to know better.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mindkontrolle mindkontrolle

      You know the details of the situation? Do ya?? Didn't think so….

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Endo Endo


        Also, saw this 2 seconds after you posted it and you already had a sharp… Wonder where that came from?

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mindkontrolle mindkontrolle

          I sharped it, where the hell you think it came from. HE SHARPED HIS OWN POST>>>> OH MOMMY!!!! HE SHARPED HIS OWN POST!!!!. Fvck off…..

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mindkontrolle mindkontrolle

            If that's you on your avatar- you look like a closet gay, by the way… Oh you badazz you, let me see you pose all badathhh like. Ummmm.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Endo Endo

            Do you know what's funny? I actually sharped your post too. Because I'm not a spiteful little baby like you. I see you have a point but it was the way you made it that was immature, apparently you don't know how to speak to people. My post was reactionary but the ironic thing is, so was your reply, I forgive you for it thought because I can tell you're a child.

            Also, (you don't realise it yet) but you've just exposed yourself as an UTTER noob. The guy in the picture is Andy Hug, one of the most famous and well respected martial artists of all time. Not that you'd know that, because you're clearly a 12 year-old.

            Keep going if you'd like, I'll wipe the floor with you kid.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mindkontrolle mindkontrolle

            Wow, this is even worse then. You are an idiot going around an internet forum teaching manners and morality when you are no-one and nothing whatsoever. I bet you feel very self-righteous spreading your anonymous values talking about how you "sharped" me too and so on. Don't you realize how pathetic you are? You irrelevant fvck, shut up already. Nobody cares. You'll be wiping floors alright.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mindkontrolle mindkontrolle

            How old are you then, give me all your info.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mindkontrolle mindkontrolle

            I re-read your "reactionary" post (most reply posts are reactionary, you genius you….) and I find it childish that your ONLY retort is to call someone else a child. Your entire feeling of "victory" rests on the lie you've told yourself so well that the other person is 12 years old. Is that all you got? Can you only succeed against children is that it? Is that how powerless you are, kid? I'm honestly flabbergasted. That's all the time I will dedicate to this a*s-wipe.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Endo Endo

            OK, I know you'll read this so I just want to say that you're a moron. It's official now. I'm 30 and I write and design video-games for 360/PC and PS3, as well as write comedy professionally. You're a moron sitting at a computer and that's that. You clearly hate your own life; I on the other-hand worked hard and won in life with nothing but hard work and creativity… So be ****-hurt all you want kid. : ) Bye, bye.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mindkontrolle mindkontrolle

            Hahaha. You're so right. I've envied you all along. You got me. I wish I was video game designer… (cough). That's how awesome your life is. Goddamn you are a piece of sh*t fag*ot… I just wanted to say that. You are a comedian, aren't you? You are VERY funny…. Wouldn't YOU be the moron sitting at a computer? You did log in on your computer to read my reply, didn't you? I don't quite understand your double standard… Very funny though!!! Keep it up. "Boy, they're not laughing with you, they are laughing AT you" Now tell me that's not funny!!! In reality you are weak at heart and apparently a geek keyboard warrior as well. But, alas, in the words of a moron I just met- "Bye, bye."

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mindkontrolle mindkontrolle

            PS You will have read my reply. I will not have yours.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/ksooner76 ksooner76

      so what happen why arrest,… and then Deny him … is it a shake down
      what is the info Endo….

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Endo Endo

        Well, I know exactly the same amount as you: I'm going by what he wrote. He's saying it's the last time he helps these guys which suggests he made a choice whether to do it or not this time.

        I imagine it's a street-fight but that would just be a guess.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/xcityofemberx xcityofemberx

    f u ck i n s h i t

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

    First…F…U….C…K!!!! Hopefully that makes it past the filter. Days like this LK should take the profanity filters down.

    I love Mark Hunt. One of my favorite fighters. This is a devastating turn of events if true. This could completely derail his career.

    Without knowing the facts of the matter, let me say this…

    1. Mark Hunt is neither a fool, nor a hot head. I doubt very seriously that we are going to find out that this is some major offense. Particularly, one involving Mark being violent with police or the public. It is not in his nature, he has no history of it, he's a sweetheart and a dedicated family man and beyond that, he's a professional athlete and professional fighter. it is beyond comprehension and completely unbelievable on the face of it, that The Big Samoan would invite trouble, right before the biggest and most important fight of his life. There's simply too much to lose and Mark would know it. I just don't see him risking any of his future on some stupid act.

    2. It is an easy thing for a cop to arrest a citizen and I don't care what country it's in. You look at a cop the wrong way and they'll arrest you and worry about what the charge is and whether or not it sticks, later. As Mark makes mention of his two, we'll call them idiot friends, it's easy to invision a scenario by which his friends did something and Mark, by association or perhaps by saying something and boom…he's arrested. It's that easy.

    Also bare in mind how intimidating Mark looks and the possibility that the cops knew who he was or that he was an MMA fighter and either over reacted or were looking to make a statement or have a story to tell their buddies over a pint.

    Either way, it's no large task to get arrested…particularly these days.

    3. Professional athletes should pick their friends better. How many times have we seen athletes involved in criminal cases, as a result of their friends / homies / entourage.

    Hopefully this turns out to be a nothing. As Mike posted, the top of this card is predictable in its outcome and not really warranted and JDS / Hunt was the fight everyone was really looking forward to. I hope Dana can wave his magic wand on this one and get Mark to Vegas for the 25th.


    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/DavidSaucier David Saucier

      I was taught to always back up your battle buddy.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/RoryKernaghan Rory Kernaghan

        Always come back for your oppo

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/SatelliteMan SatelliteMan

      You nailed 1 and 2. #3 can be complicated though. Hunt seems like a good friend who was down for his buddies. This whole thing makes me like the guy even more.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

        @ Satellite

        Yes, I'd agree. #3 is a tricky thing. Friends are friends, after all, but an athlete needs to consider their career as priority, for it's how they provide for their families.

        To the event, what happened and what was arrested for, I have no idea of the facts, so I / we / us can't say anything about it. I can only stick by my assessment of Mark and that is, he's a nice guy. He's not a trouble maker and that it's an easy thing to get arrested.

        In terms of liking him more, I don't know that I could like him anymore than I already do. I think he's awesome and I think he has the tools to become HW Champ and what an incredible story that would be. Back from the ashes @ age 39. It's a freaking movie, man. LOL! I love it.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321

    If anyone has the legal power and resources to save the day then it will be Dana White. The lawyers will be working overtime to get this resolved.

    I feel sorry for jnr if Mark gets the green light to travel and fight. Seeing Hunt come into the fight with complete rage will be a scary thought.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mmagym mmagym

    The guy is 39!
    this would be understandable if he was in his early 20's or maybe involved his immediate family but a guy his age should be mature enough to pick his friends more wisely!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/MikeDrahota Mike Drahota

    Looks like we're good to go.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/SatelliteMan SatelliteMan

    I would be looking forward to this fight, were I not certain JDS is taking this fight to the ground.