Ladies and gentlemen, we have ourselves a Chris Leben-esque situation. And I don’t mean the type of situation where a fighter gets beat and then leaves chocolate at the front desk of the hotel for his opponent, like Leben did for Munoz after UFC 138. The type of situation we have now is one in which a fighter can make a huge impression on everyone by beating two highly regarded opponents inside a month. Kevin Iole tweeted earlier this evening that Mark Hunt, who, let’s remember turned down Zuffa’s offer to get paid and not fight has suffered an undisclosed injury and is now out of his fight with Stefan Struve at UFC 146 in nine days time. Lavar Johnson is stepping up to fight Stefan Struve only twelve days after his first round stoppage win over Pat Barry at UFC of FOX 3.
I have no idea how you go from training for 5′ 11″ Barry to 6′ 11″ Struve. How can you even prepare for something like that? Then again with Lavar Johnson we’re talking about a dude who got shot in the stomach, was in critical condition and still came back into MMA with a first round KO win. Can he come in and win his third KO of the night award of the year? Surely that would be some kind of record?