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Hash Tag Rally For Mark Hunt | Why You Should Join The Cause


By Chris Taylor:

Trending alert! #RallyforMarkHunt

Following last weeks ‘shocking’ or ‘not so shocking’ news that #1 contender Alistair Overeem had indeed failed a random drug test for his bout against current Heavyweight Champ Junior Dos Santos @ UFC 146; the MMA community has been busy debating possible replacements for the Championship bout. Frank Mir (Currently on a 3 fight win streak), seemed to be the number 1 consensus amongst fans, however, a large outcry of support for former K1 Champ Mark Hunt (Also on a 3 fight win streak) seems to have given Hunt the momentum.

The 2001 K1 World Grand Prix Winner, Hunt is now 38 years old and is massing one of the better comeback stories of this decade. 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 fore filled.

His next bout was against Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 127 in Australia and Hunt used it 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 Hunts latest effort at UFC 144, where he made quick work of Cheick Kongo, disposing of Kongo via strikes in round 1.

Hunt is tentatively scheduled to fight Stephan Struve at UFC 146, but that hasn’t stopped the hash tag #RallyforMarkHunt from becoming a social media frenzy! The hash tag went so far as to trend worldwide on twitter at one point. The #RallyforMarkHunt hash tag was created with one sole purpose… To get the attention of Dana White and the UFC in order to prove the fans desire to see him fill the ‘possibly’ vacant title challenger spot at UFC 146. Mark Hunt recently opened a twitter account @markhunt1974, and has obtained over 8000 followers in less than a week.

I personally would love to see Mark Hunt get a shot at JDS. It would be a stand up war and Hunt has one hell of a chin. Plus, it would make for one of the greater comeback stories in recent sports memory. Many celebrities (Including Joe Rogan) and MMA fighters have endorsed the campaign for Hunt, retweeting posts and voicing their opinions online. Some of the notable retweets I received were as follows:

@philbaroni: RT @Ctaylor_96: @philbaroni can the #BestEva give a RT to support @markhunt1974 get a title
shot at UFC146! #rallyforhunt Thanks NYBA

@bjpenndotcom: always behind the Polynesians! RT @Ctaylor_96 I know @bjpenndotcom wants to RT this and
help get @markhunt1974 a title shot @ufc146!

What are your thoughts Penn nation? Is this a fight you want to see or a Cinderella story that should remain just that?

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18 Comments to Hash Tag Rally For Mark Hunt | Why You Should Join The Cause

  1. RHendO says:

    Nothing makes sense right now besides Cain and Mir but they are fight each other so fuck it let Hunt have it. It will be his only Shot he has a punchers chance

  2. &; says:

    no doubt hunt is a bad dude, but if he gets a shot at the title over Mir, Cain, Werdum, or really anyone else it will kind of tarnish what earning a title shot means.

    • effyocouch says:

      Brock Lesnar got a title shot after what…2 wins? Not only that, but only three career wins altogether. Hunt deserves it more than Lesnar ever did.

      • T.Daddy says:

        Ur right he did get a tltle shot rather quick.. but what did he do with the shot he got?? He destroyed randy and then beat mir and carwin… Hunt wouldn’t beat any of those guys let alone JDS

        • T.Daddy says:

          And hunts record is 8-7..lmao.. let’s just give it to marc coleman or how bout cro cop..lol

    • ... says:

      Its not about who earned a title shot at this point. All the contenders have filled up spots right now, and now is an unfortunate event where allistair might not be able to compete and they need a replacement. they could bring in mark hunt, to keep the show on the road, and deliver an exciting fight, and at the same time give a fighter a chance to win the title he may not have had otherwise, and at the same time the contenders can earn their spot at the title that same night.

  3. maurice says:

    im down with hunt. doesnt matter who fights jds, your getting knocked out or boxed up badly all night. hunts a beast tho, and wont be scared to bang with jds. ANYWAYS. WHERE THE F$%# IS BJ PENN??? IM MISS SEEING MY BOY. MMA WORLD STILL AINT THE SAME WITHOUT YOU BJ!!!

  4. -JGC- says:

    -WAR HUNT-

  5. Fedor says:

    Hunt would destroy me.

  6. Badr Hari says:

    Siop the nonsense! There is no need for a rally for anyone, especially Mark Hunt. If thats the case, why not struve? Alister will fight on 5/26 and he will defeat JDS, so get ready for the new, undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Alistair Overeem!

  7. michael says:

    i think frank mir should get the shot and werdum should fight cain i would love to see that

  8. spyro says:

    Though it would probably make for pretty damn good sales, I don’t think it would be fair to put mark hunt above so many other deserving heavyweights. I think hunt needs at least 1 more win to be considered.

    Perhaps move Mir up and put Hunt to Valasquez? Tim Sylvia has been trying to get back in for a long time so maybe call him up for a 1 fight deal with Struve lol. Tho Mir to Val is a already good matchup…

  9. Coots says:

    Struve has no chin and was knocked out by dos Santos quickly! Mir wouldn’t last 2 mins with him in the cage! Give it to hunt, it will be a aweone 1 round fight could go either way!!

  10. T.Daddy says:

    I’m so tired of hearing bout this… It will never happen… And if it did JDS will destroy this tomato can

  11. T.Daddy says:

    JDS would ko this guy in under 3mins… That’s if hunt don’t gas out by then… This big rally for this chump to fight JDS is fukkn retarded

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