The neverending pain of being a fight fan is watching all your favorite fighters fade and eventually walk away from the sport you love. Daniel Cormier has gone on record saying he only has three fights left before he hangs up his gloves due to his 40th birthday. Now MMA legend and PRIDE vet Mark Hunt is saying basically the exact same thing. After his fight at UFC 221, Hunt wants two more chances to walk-off KO opponents before he leaves the UFC. Not retire, but leave the UFC.
“I’ve got this one in Perth [at UFC 221 against Curtis Blaydes], then hopefully I can push out two more before the end of the year and my contract will be up. I’d like to fight another three times globally and then probably hang them up. I’ve already been offered three boxing fights. I’m still chasing the UFC dream. I want to be the best mixed martial artist in the world. Maybe I will chase a boxing title after that. Conor [McGregor] fought [Floyd Mayweather] the best boxer in the world, so who knows?”
— Kenai Andrews (@KenaiAndrews) December 14, 2017
“I’ve been offered Lucas Browne and Paul Gallen. Who is looking after these guys? Come on guys. I know Gal. We have lunch sometimes. You can’t really fight friends or family but it depends if the money is right. There is no relationship with Dana [White]. Dana is a businessman. He is my boss. I was angry at the time they pulled me off [UFC Fight Night: Sydney]. I lost a lot of money. The taxman was calling. They don’t get out your back. Of course I was pissed off. I lost over a million dollars.” — Mark Hunt speaking to FOX Sports.
Just as Mark Hunt has said before, when he leaves the UFC he wants to fight internationally. Organizations like RIZIN, ACB and EFN would clamor to have Hunt in their ranks, also let’s not forget Bellator who also has a talent sharing stream in Japan. It also sounds like Hunto is interested in boxing. He’s no stranger to that for anyone who isn’t familiar with his career pre-MMA and his participation in K-1 tournaments. One thing is for sure, whenever he is gone, we will miss him.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/25/2018.