UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt put on a great show in a losing effort at last night’s epic UFC 160 card, engaging in a slugfest with JDS before being caught with an incredible spinning wheel kick. Hunt appeared to have a ton of pep in his step early on in the fight, nailing JDS often while looking for his trademark left hook.

But he appeared to slow considerably after a huge JDS overhand right sent him crashing to the canvas. Hunt got up like the warrior he is, but was noticeably less mobile. And apparently there’s an explanation for it, as Hunt posted on his Facebook today that he suffered a broken toe in the first:

“Thanks for the support apologies about the result junior was to slick for me,got a broken toe first round,and had no movement,but like i said before if i am going out i am out on my back thanks again 1luv.”

Hunt is gracious in defeat, and won’t have the exciting loss take too much away from him. Junior dos Santos is a great former champion, and he may soon rule the division once again. Hunt apparently kept fighting on a broken toe, making it tough to plant and throw the power shots he’s known for.

So while Mark Hunt suffered defeat at UFC 160, he won’t lose any fans. In fact, he may have gained more, as thoUSAnds of people probably saw his hard-nosed style for the first time last night. Here’s to hoping Hunt makes a quick recovery and gets back in the Octagon soon, because he never puts on a bad fight.

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