Visa Issues and Legal Situation Continue to Delay Mark Hunt's Travel to U.S.

Duane Finley@duanefinleymmaContributor IMay 9, 2013

The saga continues in the "far from typical" world of Mark Hunt.

With his co-main event bout against Junior dos Santos at UFC 160 three weeks away, "The Super Samoan" had planned to travel to the United States to ensure his body would acclimate to the time change. But when the 38-year-old attempted to board his flight, his lack of a visa set off a chain of events which prevented the former K-1 champion from leaving New Zealand. 

The heavy-handed slugger has documented the battle on his Twitter account. And the more curve balls that are thrown his way, the more details surrounding his situation are revealed.

Here is a running time line of Hunt's attempt to board a flight to the U.S.



With his old passport in route, all seemed to be taken care of and Hunt would be cleared to make his trip to Las Vegas. Nevertheless, in another unfortunate turn of events, Hunt was denied entry into the U.S. due to complications stemming for a previous legal situation which undoubtedly multiplied his frustrations.

The heavyweight contender once again returned to Twitter to update the situation.

As word of his situation hit the MMA community, Hunt responded to a comment left on his Facebook page that provided an explanation to the situation. Hunt wrote:

"Something that happened 2002 has come bak [sic] and bit me next time one of your dumbo mates hits another one of your mates let them duke it out never help them cause u [sic] get this shit now this plane to lax is being delayed cause of our bags guess where my bags are ,air New Zealand send the bill to this clown rob Vincent,mate if I don't get acclimatised [sic] before I fight u will be my next victim u ass."

With the heavyweight tilt more than three weeks out, it is highly unlikely the scrap between Hunt and dos Santos will be cancelled. That being said, part of Hunt's preparation involves him arriving in the United States with plenty of time to adjust, and that has been somewhat thrown off course.