Mark Hunt Draws Curtis Blaydes at UFC 221, Blasts ‘Coward’ Fabricio Werdum

Mark Hunt has an opponent at UFC 221 but it's not the one he wanted

Mark Hunt has officially booked his return to action but it’s not against the opponent he wanted.

The veteran knockout artist was just recently cleared by doctors to resume his career after he was pulled from a fight in November out of concern of an article he wrote where he claimed he was suffering from memory loss and slurred speech as a result of fighting.

Immediately after he was cleared, Hunt asked for a fight with Fabricio Werdum at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia but it seems the former heavyweight champion wasn’t interested.

“Fabricio Werdum is a coward. Chicken s–t,” Hunt told the Daily Telegraph in Australia.

“And I think it’s got to the stage where the UFC should just tell him he has to fight me. Either that, or he loses his ranking.”

Hunt has been gunning for a rematch with Werdum ever since facing him back in 2014 where he suffered a loss by second round TKO.

Unfortunately, Hunt isn’t getting his wish to fight Werdum but he will still get to face an opponent close to home when the UFC returns to his backyard in Australia.

Top 15 ranked heavyweight Curtis Blaydes has accepted the challenge to face Hunt at UFC 221 on Feb. 10 where he will look to build on his recent four-fight win streak in the division.

Blaydes is currently 4-1 overall in the UFC with three of his wins coming by way of knockout or TKO.

Now he’ll travel into enemy territory for a shot at Hunt, who is coming off a TKO win against Derrick Lewis in his most recent fight from earlier this year.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.