UFC director of communications Dave Sholler informed members of the media Tuesday that he believes the visa issues keeping Mark Hunt from coming to the U.S. will be resolved.
Hunt is scheduled to face Junior dos Santos next Saturday night at UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2 in the co-main event. Currently, Hunt is still in New Zealand, as he has been denied a visa to leave the country.
“We are confident the issue will be resolved and anticipate Mark competing in the co-main event,” Sholler said, during a conference call. “Mark will be making his way to the U.S. this week.”
Hunt stated that he has been “talking to a brick wall” in regards to trying to get anything figured out through the consulate. A previous run-in with the law has been the blame for Hunt’s delay.
“It is a stupid misunderstanding is all it is,” he said. “It should be cleared up. Hopefully I can fly out of here sometime this week, tonight, tomorrow, whenever.”
Sholler also added that the UFC has dealt with these kinds of issues in the past and “our team is working on (it). This isn’t the first time we’ve had to deal with travel, visa issues.”