UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt (9-8-1) has signed a new 6-fight contract with the UFC and as reported on UFC Tonight, the “Super Samoan” plans to fulfill all six fights on that contract.
At 40 years old, Mark Hunt has competed in 18 career pro MMA bouts to go along with a successful kickboxing career with over 40 professional kickboxing bouts.
Coming over from Pride, Mark Hunt had lost five straight bouts—between Pride and DREAM—and initially was told by the UFC that he did not have to fulfill the final fight on his original contract, and that the UFC would pay still him. But Hunt refused and decided to take the fight, losing to Sean McCorkle in his UFC debut.
Hunt was given another fight in the UFC, and knocked out Chris Tuchscherer for his first win in the UFC and snapping a 6-fight losing streak. This was the start of a resurrection in Mark Hunt’s MMA career, and the beginning of a 4-fight win streak in which he defeated Ben Rothwell, Cheick Kongo, and Stefan Struve.
Hunt was then given the number one contender, Junior Dos Santos, but suffered his second career knockout loss. He last fought Antonio “Big Foot” Silva to a draw at UFC Fight Night 33 in Australia, in what was a fight of the year candidate.
Mark Hunt had strangely tweeted earlier in the month of August that he had been unemployed but later gave his reason for the tweet as ‘I was hungry and no carbs’.
Hunt is still scheduled to fight Roy Nelson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 52 in Japan on September 20th.