Butterbean to Box Hunt

Eric “Butterbean” Esch and Mark Hunt will no longer be engaging in a mixed martial arts bout on the upcoming October 21st PRIDE ‘The Real Deal’ card. The bout has been changed from what was originally expected to be an MMA fight to a boxing bout.

Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer decided that he would not allow the two to battle in an MMA bout due to the mismatch in the quality of opponents each fighter has faced.

“The difference in quality between the opponents they’ve faced and opponents they’ve beaten, as well as the fact that many of Butterbean’s MMA fights were under special rules,” Kizer remarked.

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