Today on the UFC 160 media call we found out that Mark Hunt has still been unable to travel to the U.S. due to visa issues. Hunt reported last week that he had been unable to secure a visa, but was confident he’d be in Las Vegas by this past weekend.
Although Hunt participated in a UFC 160 media call today from his home in Australia, UFC Director of Communications Dave Sholler stated on the 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.”
The fight is only 11 days away, But what we all must remember is, the UFC is accustomed to dealing with these issues. In addition, Hunt says the troubles stem from an arrest back in 2002, and the New Zealand born fighter has competed in the U.S. since this arrest. This would have been at UFC 135 in September, 2011, where he won via unanimous decision win over Ben Rothwell.
Hunt was hoping to arrive in the U.S. early he feels this is important as he needs to get acclimated to the weather in Vegas, and did admit on the call that things could get tricky in that respect if he can’t travel soon.