Mark Hunt fans can start banging their drums again because it looks like a fight between he and Stefan Struve is close to becoming official.
According to MMAWeekly, a source close to the fight confirmed that verbal agreements are in place and the fight between Hunt and Struve will take place March 2 in Japan.
Struve is currently on a four-fight win streak and has won six of his last seven overall. The seven-footer consistently puts on exciting fights with only one of his 30 professional bouts going the distance.
The 5'10" Mark Hunt has turned into a fan favorite during 2012 with many of his loyal fans calling for him to get a shot at the heavyweight title.
Seeing these two guys in the Octagon is going to be quite a scene if it does in fact become official. Struve is 14 inches taller than Hunt, but the New Zealander will no doubt come in as the heavier fighter.
Hunt's story is quite remarkable. He entered the UFC in 2010 on the heels of a five-fight losing streak. He then lost his UFC debut at UFC 119 against Sean McCorkle just one minute into the fight. Since that point, however, he has rattled off three straight wins against Chris Tuchscherer (UFC 127), Ben Rothwell (UFC 135) and Cheick Kongo (UFC 144).
The winner of this fight will no doubt make huge strides towards the top of the heavyweight ladder and may be just one additional win away from earning a shot at the title.
Please keep in mind that this is just a verbal agreement and nothing official has been announced by the UFC.
Joe Chacon is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report and a staff writer for Operation Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JoeChacon.