Exclusive: Mark Hunt "It takes but one punch or any strike to end it!"
By: Chris Taylor
The 2001 K1 World Grand Prix Winner, Mark Hunt is now 38 years old and is massing one of the better comeback stories of this decade. Hunt has won three fights in a row, after having dropped six straight from 2006-2010. Here is a brief summary of Mark’s UFC career to date:
The ‘Super Samoan’ joined the UFC in September of 2010, sporting a less than stellar 5 wins with 6 losses record in MMA. His opponent was Sean McCorkle, who made quick work of Hunt at UFC 119, submitting him early in the 1st round via armbar. Many people (including myself) wrote Hunt off after the loss and expected the UFC to cut him once his contract was up.
His next bout was against Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 127 in Australia. Hunt used the fight to prove that the ‘Super Samoan’ was still one of the best strikers in the game! He landed a devastating 1 punch knockout to the chin of Tuchscherer and simply walked off. He followed that up with a decision win over Ben Rothwell at UFC 135, a fight in which Hunt showed a much improved ground game. Then came Hunt’s latest effort at UFC 144, where he made quick work of Cheick Kongo, disposing of him via strikes in round 1.
Hunt is scheduled to face Stefan Struve on May 26 at UFC 146 in Las Vegas. I was fortunate enough to briefly catch up with Mark and ask him the following questions:
Chris – First off thanks for taking the time to talk with us Mark! You have a big fight coming up with Stefan Struve at UFC 146, how has training been going?
Mark – Training has been great!
Chris – Struve is 6 foot 11 and has an 84 inch reach, is there anyone you’ve been training with at American Top Team or elsewhere who is close to Stefan’s stature? What is it going to take for the ‘Super Samoan’ to collapse ‘The Skyscraper’ on May 26th?
Mark – Well, American Top Team have brought in a few guys for me to work with, but like every fight…. It takes but one punch or any strike to end it!
Chris – There was a lot of support for you to fill the vacancy of Alistair Overeem at the UFC 146 event. #RallyforMarkHunt caught fire on twitter and the Army of Doom was formed! Did all that support help add to your drive to one day become UFC Champion?
Mark – Well it was fun. That’s for sure.
Chris – What are your thoughts on Alistair Overeem testing positive? Is he someone you would like to get a chance to fight again in the future?
Mark – Well like I have said before, Alistair has to live with his decisions just like the rest of us. And ya, a rematch is always good!
Chris – You have massed an unbelievable highlight reel of knockouts during your MMA and K1 careers. Is there one particular knockout that you hold in highest regard?
Mark – They were are all fun! Haha so no.
Chris – You have won 3 fights in a row over tough competition, after having dropped six straight from 06’ to 2010. What best explains the sudden resurgence of the ‘Super Samoan’?
Mark – The ALPHA AND OMEGA and a lot of self belief!
Chris – From following you on twitter, I noticed you have an awesome sense of humor. What does Mark Hunt do for fun outside of the cage?
Mark – I eat a lot of cake and swear a lot at noobies while gaming!
Chris – Haha well thanks again for taking the time to talk to me Mark, best of luck at UFC 146 and in everything the future brings your way. Any last words from the ‘Super Samoan’ for Stefan Struve or your Army of Doom?
Mark – The army don’t discriminate against anyone… We just bomb them! Haha! Go fucking army of doom!!!
You can join the ‘Army of Doom’ by following Mark Hunt on twitter: @markhunt1974 and make sure to see him fight live on May 26th when he takes on Stefan ‘The Skyscraper’ Struve!