UFC wants Roy Nelson vs. Mark Hunt later this year

Sometimes wishes do come true...

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The plan to match up Mark Hunt with Brendan Schaub was scrapped in favor of pitting the Ultimate Fighter finalist against former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski at UFC 174, but the result could end up giving fans a fight they’ve been begging to see for years.

According to a report on UFC Tonight, the UFC is interested in Hunt facing fellow heavy handed striker Roy Nelson in a battle of two of the best power punchers in the history of MMA.

While neither fighter has been approached with the matchup, that appears to be the direction the promotion is headed.  The only delay in actually offering the fight to Hunt and Nelson is the fact that both of them are dealing with hand injuries from recent fights.

Nelson defeated former PRIDE champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC Fight Night in Abu Dhabi, and apparently banged up his hand in the process of landing his knockout blow.  Meanwhile, Hunt has been on the shelf since December following his epic, five round war with Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva in Australia.

Assuming both fighters are healthy in time, the UFC is considering Nelson vs. Hunt as a featured fight on the upcoming UFC Fight Night card headed to Japan on September 20.  Hunt is a well known figure in the Japanese fight scene having been a former K-1 kickboxing champion as well as competing in PRIDE when he transitioned to MMA a few years ago.

Fans have clamored for this fight for some time now considering both Hunt and Nelson have some of the most vicious knockout power in the heavyweight division.  Hunt and Nelson also possess equally durable chins, so this could end up being a slugfest for the ages if it ends up being put together.

For now, it’s just a matter of waiting for the fighters to be cleared from the injuries and then the UFC can move forward with actually offering the fight to the two competitors.