Mark Hunt was the unwanted man.
When Zuffa purchased Pride, Hunt was the one fighter that came along as part of the deal… like it or not. Zuffa didn’t like it and tried to tell Hunt that they would buy him out of his deal and he wouldn’t have to fight for them.
But that’s not what Hunt wanted. The New Zealander wanted to get in the Octagon and prove his worth. And he pushed and pushed until UFC officials relented. Now, two victories later and finally with a .500 record, UFC president Dana White is glad to have Mark Hunt on the UFC roster.