Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve Likely for UFC in Japan

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UFC heavyweights Mark Hunt and Stefan Struve will meet when the company returns to Japan for UFC on FUEL TV 8, according to various reports.

The match-up will be part of the main card for the March 2 event, which takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo.

UFC officials couldn’t confirm the bout when contacted by, but did say that more information will be released tonight.

Hunt (8-7), a fan favorite in Japan from his days in the defunct Pride FC organization, will make his second fight appearance in the country since debuting in the UFC in September 2010. Most recently, Hunt topped Cheick Kongo by technical knockout at UFC 144 in February, which took place at the same venue as upcoming UFC on FUEL TV 8 card. The win was his third straight after suffering a five-fight losing streak.

Struve (25-5) has been on a tear, winning nine of his last 11 fights and four straight. In his last bout, “The Skyscraper” topped Stipe Miocic by technical knockout in the main event at UFC on FUEL TV 5 in September. Following the win, Struve agreed over Twitter to fight Cheick Kongo, but the match-up never came to reality.

No other bouts have been reported to be scheduled for the UFC on FUEL TV 8 card, but will continue to update as more information becomes available. was first to report the pending Hunt-Struve match-up.

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