UFC Heavyweight Lavar Johnson (17-5 MMA, 2-0 UFC) just got a great opportunity to continue moving up the Heavyweight ladder.
UFC officials have removed Mark Hunt (8-7 MMA, 3-1 UFC) from his scheduled bout against Stefan Struve (23-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) at UFC 146 due to a reported knee injury. Johnson has replaced Hunt to face Struve on the all-Heavyweight UFC 146 card.
UFC 146 takes place Saturday, May 26 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Hunt yet to comment on the situation.
Johnson is coming off a first-round TKO victory over Pat Barry at UFC on FOX 3. Johnson had the following to say about this opportunity…
On taking the fight on short notice:
“Pray for me that I come out of this one OK,” Johnson joked to MMAjunkie.com(www.mmajunkie.com).
On his opponent, the 6′ 11″ Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve:
“I always seen him in there getting the crap beaten out of him and he finds a way to win. He’s a tough guy and very durable. It’s not going to be a cake walk. But I’m up for the challenge to see where I’m at.”