With the looming suspension of Overeem unless he magically comes out clean in his B sample, many UFC heavyweights have been pining for a title shot against the champ Dos Santos. We’ve heard Frank Mir say he would be willing to fight JDS and now the most recent…Mark Hunt. Yes, that Mark Hunt who recently defeated Cheick Kongo is asking for a shot. Now before someone says I can see that he’s won three straight fights I have nothing against it let’s look at his track recrd.
As i stated he most recently defeated Cheick Kongo by knockout at UFC 144 and looked good in that fight, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Kongo is a mid level fighter who was nearly knocked out by Pat Barry. The three fights prior to fighting Mark Hunt, Kongo had faced Barry, Matt Mitrione and Travis Browne. Those guys aren’t exactly studs. Other than Browne’s knockout over Struve he has looked awful. Kongo lost both his fights to top level fighters, Frank Mir and Cain Velasquez.
Prior to the Kongo fight Hunt fought Ben Rothwell and won by a unanimous decision. This was one of the most boring fights I have ever seen. Both fighters were winded by the second round and Ben Rothwell belongs nowhere near the UFC. He is a below average heavyweight and one who did nothing to bring Hunt towards contendership.
In Hunt’s second UFC fight he fought and finished Chris Tuchscherer in the first round. Another below average heavyweight that Hunt defeated. Tuchscherer in fact may be the worst of the bunch. He is an average wrestler with zero stand up ability and not much of a chin either. He hasn’t fought since his loss to Hunt.
Hunt’s promotional debut was against Sean McCorkle and lost in a little over a minute by arm bar. In case you were wondering McCorkle is no longer in the UFC either. In fact, after defeating Hunt he lost two in a row and was hastily cut.
This might be the most screaming fact against a title shot for Mark Hunt. HE LOST FIVE STRAIGHT prior to his three fight win streak. Hunt wasn’t even wanted by the UFC. They tried to buy out his contract when Pride went into the UFC, but he wanted to finish the contract. His two high profile victories were split decisions in Pride and one was against a much smaller fighter, Wanderlei Silva. There are so many more deserving fighters than Hunt for a title shot and he’s a good three fights away from earning one.