Mark Hunt Undergoes Tests In Las Vegas To Determine UFC Future

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Longtime fan favorite Mark Hunt has completed tests that will largely determine the future of his decorated fight career.

“The Super Samoan” was removed from his scheduled headliner against Marcin Tybura at last weekend’s UFC Fight Night 121 from Sydney, Australia, after telling Players Voice that he was experiencing concerning symptoms like memory loss, trouble sleeping, and slurring of his words, a showdown that lead to a harsh response from Hunt to the UFC.

UFC President Dana White insisted they were simply trying to help Hunt avoid potentially serious issues such as CTE, and that he could come to Las Vegas to have some tests conducted to make sure he could continue to fight following a long career of absorbing insane amounts of punishment as one of the most notoriously iron-chinned fighters MMA has ever seen.

Apparently Hunt took his employers up on that offer, as ESPN’s Brett Okamoto tweeted that “The Super Samoan” was in Las Vegas meeting with a specialist at the Cleveland Clinic:

After speaking to his management, MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani expanded on Okamoto’s earlier report by revealing Hunt had completed the examination and a report would be coming next week, with Hunt and his team remaining confident he would be cleared. The New Zealand knockout artist reportedly then went to the UFC Performance Institute:

The MMA universe will await the results of the tests with baited breath, as Hunt is deservedly one of the most beloved fighters in the game thanks to his otherworldly knockout power.

He was also revered for a chin that matched, although it has begun to show the inevitable signs of wear that any top fighter would show after years of taking punches from the best heavyweights in the sport. No matter what the tests reveal, Hunt will go down as one of the toughest old-school fighters, and if he is indeed allowed to fight on, we can only wish his health remains steadfast as he fights on well into his 40s.

  • FeministFriendly

    You said it yourself dude that thats what was happening to you.
    Even if you pass a test to let you keep fighting.

    We like watching you fight, but people like you as a person too.
    We wouldn’t like to watch you destroy yourself.
    That wouldn’t be as much fun or entertaining.

  • Draven

    Hey may as well since all he does is whinges and fights gatekeepers.

  • Fester

    Diego Sanchez is consistently taking a physical beating when he fights, and he is showing signs of incoherence during interviews. He was a winner in Ultimate Fighter 1, the damage caused by the large amount of blows to his head can only be imagined.
    Other fighters, such as Penn, have been taking significant head trauma in recent years.

    It is their livelihood but what will it take before some fighters have their licenses to fight, revoked. Contact sports are all coming under scrutiny; the challenge is to maintain acceptable levels of related injury (if there is such a thing) and avoid throwing out the baby with the bath water.

    There can be NO doubt, there IS accumulating physical damage with long term consequences, for most combatants in UFC. Brain injuries to boxers are already well documented, and their blows are arguably less potent than those in UFC, as well as not receiving leg strikes to the head.