The hard-hitting heavyweight legend Mark ‘the Super Samoan’ Hunt has spoken about his future in the UFC and how he sees himself parting ways with the promotion.
43 years old and still putting people to sleep on a regular basis, Hunt has seen it all and done it all in the sport of mixed martial arts.
From his legendary war with Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva to his stunning knockouts of the likes of Frank Mir, Roy Nelson and Stefan Struve, it’s hard not to place Hunt in the pantheon of the legends of the heavyweight division, but with so many wars and defeats in his history, health concerns became the standout story of the Super Samoan’s year and following his UFC 209 defeat at the hands of Alistair Overeem, many people voiced their belief that Hunt’s race was run.
Known as one of the most lethal power-punchers to ever do it, Hunt has been able to make one shot count like few others before him. Despite being scheduled to face Curtis Blaydes in a pivotal bout for the division in his next outing, he sees himself fighting out his UFC contract and then walking away from the promotion.
Speaking to Submission Radio in a recent interview, Hunt cited his recent problems with the company as his main reason for leaving, although he remains prepared to fight out the last three fights on his contract.
“We’ll get that number nine and put him away, so hopefully the UFC can give me someone higher instead of giving me someone beneath me. So, it is what it is. I just gotta keep ticking the boxes and just moving ahead with the career.
“Three fights left, this will be one of them, I got two left and then see you later. For the UFC, yeah. That will be the end of my career in the UFC. I have two fights left and that’s it. You probably know the path I’ve had with the UFC, but you know, it’s business.”
After suing the UFC following his UFC 200 opponent Brock Lesnar’s failed USADA text, Hunt has been at odds with Dana White and the company’s top brass and has cut something of a disillusioned figure in the time since, understandably.
Hunt is currently ranked fifth in the UFC’s heavyweight rankings and though a solid win streak may change his mind on his UFC future, do not be surprised to see this hard-handed brawler plying his trade elsewhere in the next year or two.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena