Legendary heavyweight knockout artist Mark “The Super Samoan” Hunt is currently ranked No. 7 in the divisional rankings, but has only won one of his last three bouts.
After being knocked out by reigning champion Fabricio Werdum back at UFC 180 in Mexico City, Hunt received an absolutely brutal beating at the hands of Stipe Miocic last May. However, the veteran has since bounced back with an impressive knockout victory over Antonio Silva at UFC 193 last May.
At 41 years of age, time is running out for Hunt in terms of title runs, but his devastating power has kept him relevant within the fight game for years now. That along with “The Super Samoan’s” apparent willingness to die inside of the Octagon, could give him a solid chance when he faces off with former champion Frank Mir at UFC Fight Night 84 this March:
“You’re not gonna live forever. You’re gonna die like everyone else. But to be honest, no I don’t care what happens to me. I mean, I don’t really care what happens to Mark Hunt. I mean, we’re all destined to die, that’s for sure. So if I die doing what I love to do, that’s fine. So be it, I’m happy. I think Frank Mir is gonna be trying to take me down and I’m gonna be knocking him out. So I think after he realizes that he can’t take me down, then he’ll end up being knocked out, like the rest of them (laughs).” Hunt told Submission Radio.
Those are some deep words from the former K-1 world champion, but words that truly display Hunt’s heart, determination, and warrior spirit.
“The Super Samoan” will have a tough test in front of him in Australia, however, as Mir is one of the best submission artists that the heavyweight division has ever seen. The former champion is coming off of a rather lackluster decision loss to Andrei Arlovski last September, but had compiled two straight knockout wins prior to that.
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