Stefan Struve vs. Mark Hunt Finalizes All Heavyweight Main Card for UFC 146

March 14, 2012
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An all-heavyweight main card for UFC 146 is set with the addition of Stefan Struve versus former K-1 fighter Mark Hunt.

UFC president Dana White confirmed the new bout to Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday.

At only 24 years of age, Dutch fighter Stefan Struve has already faced a lifetime of competition inside the Octagon.

The six-foot-11-inch fighter has taken on some of the toughest heavyweights in his UFC career, and while he’s faced a few defeats, he’s currently riding a two-fight win streak with victories over Pat Barry and Dave Herman.

Now the giant Dutchman will face a legit K-1 level kickboxer with huge knockout power.

When Mark Hunt first came to the UFC, most scoffed at his chances for success. He entered the Octagon with a 5-6 record as part of the deal when Zuffa purchased Pride Fighting Championships. Most believed Hunt would be one and done after a loss to Sean McCorkle in his debut.

The UFC kept him around and it ended up being a wise move as Hunt has now picked up three wins in a row, including a TKO over Cheick Kongo last month at UFC 144.

Struve versus Hunt finalizes the main card for UFC 146, which will be an all-heavyweight attraction. At the top of the card sits reigning champion Junior Dos Santos, who puts his title on the line against No. 1 contender Alistair Overeem.

Former champions Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir square off, as well as Roy Nelson and former Strikeforce competitor Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. The final bout for the main card features another Strikeforce transfer as Shane Del Rosario makes his UFC debut against veteran fighter Gabriel Gonzaga.

Is an all-heavyweight card a recipe for big hits and big finishes or a big risk due to smaller gas tanks? Watching UFC 146 is the only way to find out.

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  • micpoynter

    not mad at this card at all!

  • Lesnardo

    Not MAD AT ALL!! Awesome CARD!!!

    JDS vs. Reem
    Cain vs Mir
    Big Fott vs Nelson
    Gonzaga vs del Rosario
    Hunt vs Struve

    very awesome. THANK YOU DANA!!!!

  • Lesnardo

    My pick:

    Big Foot
    del Rosario <–this one's a toss up.

  • Towers66

    JDS (World class boxing will prevail!)
    Nelson(I’m hoping he wins)
    Del Rosario (<<<dude is no joke)
    Hunt(Struve doesn't take power punch all that great and Hunt has some mean power)


      bigfoot (hoping Nelson)
      Del Rosario
      Hunt/Struve is a toss up. Hunt is like Barry
      vicious striker with bad sub defense. this could go either way Struve via sub or hunt via KO.

  • This needs a witty card name UFC146 Heavyweight Throwdown

    now the picks
    JDS via Ko
    Mir via sub
    Nelson via KTFO
    Del Rosario via Ko
    Hunt via sub jk KO

    • rogerdoger

      Heavy artillery wud be good if they didn’t use it already.

      UFC 146: BIG RIGS

  • Lesnardo

    Mir via sub is an interesting pick. I have a feeling Mir is not going to stand up. The last few times he has done that, he got destroyed.

    It was lucky for him that he got tagged by Nog (relatively a weak puncher) rather than one of the guys with heavier hands.

    • fitefan

      Somebody needs to tell Mir that, he seems to think his stand up is great since Nog 1.

  • T Spoon

    Your an idiot! Nog a weak puncher? Go watch a few more fights. Mir via sub is not interesting at all, its more expected than him going in for a KO.

    • fitefan

      Mir via sub is his best chance, it’s expected Mir to come out striking because he has unfounded confidence in his hands.

      Relative to the UFC HW division, Nog has weak punching. Only see 3 KO’s in his last 30 fights. He is nowhere close to JDS, Carwin, Valesquez, Hunt or Johnson type of power.

      Mir was lucky Nog is a weak puncher. Unfortunately for Mir, Valesquez is not. If it isn’t Mir via Sub, it’s going to be Cain via KO. Just like Mir vs Carwin.

  • Weird that its all heavyweights on the main card. I dont buy them all but I’ll be getting this one.

    Maybe they should have just made it a heavyweight grand prix haha

  • Struve by sub.

    • fitefan

      I see Struve getting a W here too, maybe even by KO/TKO from the mount.

      • Lesnardo

        Struve can’t take Mark down. If Kongo couldn’t Struve can’t too.

        Kongo’s takedown sucks but Struves takedown sucks just as much.

  • mmachoman

    I think Mark Hunt is going to make ground meat out of Struve.

  • I think Struve is a 2 bigger target for “HUNT”- Theres just 2 much of Struve “HUNT” cant miss-All dats missing is a pillow NYE NYES Struve-MARK “THA SUPER SAMOAN” HUNT 2012!!!!Hes PHREASH AZ SOUTH IN YOUR MOUTH ALDAE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • shakejunt

    i’m legitimately concerned about struve’s career. dude has cajones, but takes a lot of damage.