Joe Rogan Says It's an 'Awesome Idea' to Have Mark Hunt Headline UFC 146

Mike HodgesCorrespondent IApril 9, 2012

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UFC commentator Joe Rogan appears to add himself to the ever-growing list of support for UFC heavyweight contender Mark Hunt.

Since the Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed Alistair Overeem's test results last week, the Dutchman's title bout against Junior dos Santos has been put in doubt and Hunt has been considered one of the possible contenders to replace him, due in large part to the online petition on Twitter.

Rogan recently wrote on The MMA Underground forum that he supports the idea of seeing Hunt challenge the Brazilian in the main event at UFC 146.

"Style wise that might be the most exciting match up," Rogan said. "Either way, even if Hunt doesn't replace the reem I would still love to see this matchup down the road, especially considering how good Hunt looked against (Cheick) Kongo."

Hunt is currently on a three-fight winning streak, including victories over Cheick Kongo and Ben Rothwell, and traditionally it would put a fighter within title contention. 

Prior to Hunt, former UFC champions Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir were possible replacements to face dos Santos, but UFC President Dana White denied the rumors and confirmed via Twitter that both contenders are still expected to meet in the co-main event.

Hunt continues to receive overwhelming support from UFC fans, and it's evident that even with Rogan's input on the potential bout, fans are interested in witnessing an entertaining matchup between two of the heavyweight division's most powerful strikers. 

Overeem is expected to apply for a license and meet the NSAC later this month, and although White has yet to announce a replacement at this time, Hunt is the only likely candidate to headline the event outside of Overeem, Mir and Velasquez.