UFC officials are confident that Mark Hunt will have his visa issue resolved prior to UFC 160. UFC director of communications Dave Sholler voiced his confidence that the issue would work out on today’s UFC 160 conference call.
“As you know, Mark has experienced a visa issue that we are working through at the moment To put anything to rest, we are confident that the issue will be resolved, and we anticipate Mark competing in the co-main event of UFC 160.”
Mark Hunt is currently stuck in Australian while a UFC immigration lawyer is working with United States officials to facilitate Hunt’s trip to the states. The US recently cracked down on all visa applications in the wake of the bombings by two ethnic Chechens in Boston last month. Hunt’s delay is related to a previous legal issue from bar fight years ago.
Hunt was hoping to be in Vegas early enough to get acclimatized to the time and climate change after struggling with the trip to Vegas on a previous trip.
This is not the first time a UFC fighter has had visa issues prior to their scheduled fights, in 2010 Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipović was detained by Canadian officials prior to his UFC 115 bout with Pat Barry. The fighter was detained and interrogated in relation to his former ATJ Lučko commander’s trial for war crimes during the Croatian War of Independence. Cro Cop would be released in time for his bout, where he defeated Barry by submission.