The #RallyForMarkHunt movement was set in motion the minute word broke an injured Alistair Overeem had to withdraw from his UFC 160 scrap with Junior dos Santos.
Mark Hunt (pictured) even publicly petitioned for his fans to bombard UFC president Dana White on Twitter to let his superior know he was willing to serve as substitute on May 25.
“I want in troops and only the boss @danawhite can make it happen lets go army ATTACK the general wants in on this fight,” Hunt tweeted.
Well, fast forward just a few hours and it appears Hunt was presented with fight but decided to decline.
“Hey dummy Mark Hunt turned down the fight with JDS as of last night so STFU when u don’t know what ur talkin about,” White responded to a fan demanding he arrange dos Santos vs. Hunt. “With his win last week he broke into the top 10. He will get a top 10 fight but as of last nite he turned down JDS.”
The UFC has now moved to Plan C, which is to keep the heavyweight top contender contest between dos Santos and Overeem intact until this summer.
No word on what caused Hunt to do an about-face. Perhaps the 38-year-old wanted to bask in Saturday’s highlight reel victory over Stefan Struve for a little while longer instead of jumping right back into a rigorous training camp.
(Updated: 3/7/13 at 5:56PM PT)
Interesting, Hunt just denied declining the scrap by tweeting, “I have never turned down a fight and even wen I was injured I had to force myself not to fight your general fears no man but the almighty.”