3 Decisions ( 42.86 %)
6 Submissions ( 85.71 %)
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Mark Hunt Profile
Mark was always considered a troubled kid, and one day a brawl broke out in front of the tavern near his Auckland home. Hunt ended the brawl quickly by knocking more then a few people out cold, and that impressed the bouncer Sam Marsters who invited him to his Kick Boxing school for formal training. A few years passed and Mark became known for his raw strength, his knock out power, and his unbelievable chin in kick boxing circles. He began fighting all over the world, and currently holds a professional kick boxing record of 30 Wins (13 (T)KO's, 17 decisions), 13 Losses. He is a four time K-1 champion.
Hunt’s name was firmly placed in the fight game, and in 2004 Hunt began fighting for the Pride organization in Japan. Hunt’s glaring hole in his fight game was immediately exploited by his first opponent when Hidehiko Yoshida submitted via arm bar in hist first fight. Hunt would fight 3 more times in the remaining part of 2004 and 2005. He won all three fights, including decision wins over Brazilian muay thai fighter Wanderlei Silva and Croatian striker Mirko Crocop. After finishing Yosuke Nishijima by knock out, Hunt entered the Pride Open Weight Gran Prix. He would win in the first round, but lose in the second round to submission by Josh Barnett. Hunt then agreed to face Fedor Emilianenko for the Pride heavyweight championship, but was again defeated by the Kimura submission.
Hunt wouldn’t fight again until 2008 when Alistair Overeem defeated him at Dream 5 by key lock. A few months later, Hunt was scheduled to fight Jerome LeBanner, but LeBanner had been replaced by Melvin Manhoef. Even though he had a tremendous weight advantage in the fight, Manhoef knocked him out in 18 seconds into the fight. Hunt then fought for the last time in Japan, and was defeated by Gregard Mousasi by amr bar.
When the UFC purchased Pride, Hunt’s contract was part of the deal, and instead of taking a pay out he insisted on taking the remaining fight he was owed. The UFC obliged Hunt, and he faced Sean McCorkle at UFC 119 and again he was submitted by Kimura. Surprisingly, Hunt was offered another fight against Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 127, and Hunt rose to the occasion. In the second round he knocked Tuchscherer out cold, and not only won knock out of the night, but also snapped his 6 fight losing streak.
Hunt is set to face Ben Rothwell at UFC 135.