A heavyweight bout between Stefan Struve (25-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) and Mark Hunt (8-7 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is expected to be part of March's UFC on FUEL TV 8 event in Japan.
Sources close to the event told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
) verbal agreements are in place for the fight.
UFC on FUEL TV 8 takes place March 3 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Following Facebook prelims, the night's main card airs on FUEL TV (on March 2 in the U.S. due to the time difference).
Struve vs. Hunt likely will take a featured spot on the main card.
Struve and Hunt initially were slated to fight in May at UFC 146, but Hunt was forced off the card with a knee injury a week before the pay-per-view event.
Struve went on to beat replacement Lavar Johnson at UFC 146, and then he headlined UFC on FUEL TV 5 and knocked out Stipe Miocic. The 7-foot Dutchman now has won four straight fights and six of his past seven, all via stoppage and all in the UFC.
Hunt, meanwhile, is in the midst of a career resurgence. Since a six-fight losing skid, which included a series of PRIDE fights and a UFC-debut loss to Sean McCorkle, the New Zealander has posted consecutive wins over Chris Tuchscherer, Ben Rothwell and Cheick Kongo. However, he faces a 13-month injury layoff when he finally fights Struve.
As MMAjunkie.com recently reported, Diego Sanchez (23-5 MMA, 12-5 UFC) recently hinted he may fight fellow lightweight Takanori Gomi (34-8 MMA, 3-3 UFC) at UFC on FUEL TV 8.