At the age of 38, Mark Hunt has managed to revitalize his Mixed Martial Arts career in amazing fashion. He picked up his fourth straight win on Saturday night, defeating dangerous Dutchman Stefan Struve via third round TKO in the co-headliner at UFC on FUEL TV 8 in Saitama, Japan.
It didn’t look as though Hunt had much left in the tank after his less than stellar Ultimate Fighting Championship debut in September 2010, when he dropped a first round submission to Sean McCorkle at UFC 119.
Since that initial loss in the Octagon though, Hunt has been on a tear, defeating Chris Tuchscherer, Ben Rothwell and Cheick Kongo during the course of 2011/2012. Now it seems his “Knockout of the Night” win over Struve on Saturday has given Hunt the impetus needed to call-out the top guys in the division.
Hunt spoke out on the UFC on FUEL TV 8 post-fight show on FUEL TV:
“It was a great fight. My timing was off and I could have put things together better, but I was glad to take the win. Of course I would like to go for the title fight. I wouldn’t like to fight Bigfoot ya know..because he’s American Top Team and my teammate, but anyone else is fine.”
Newer MMA fans may think Hunt appeared out of nowhere, but prior to coming to the UFC he spent years fighting in Japan in Pride and Dream. He also has an extensive career as a kickboxer where he amassed a 30-13 record..
In MMA Hunt has competed against a who’s who of top fighters including Josh Barnett, Fedor Emelianenko and Alistair Overeem to name but a few. Also, Hunt recorded victories over Wanderlei Silva and Mirko Filipović during his time in Pride, and is no stranger to top competition.
I think it is safe to say Hunt has reached a stage in his career where all of his past experience is paying him back with interest. I am really enjoying watching this story unfold and would love to see what the “Super Samoan” can do against some of the UFC’s top ranked guys.
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