UFC 144 Results: Mark Hunt is No Longer the Unwanted Man

February 26, 2012
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Mark Hunt at UFC 119

You don’t want me, too bad.

At least that’s what Mark Hunt said when Zuffa tried to buy him out of his Pride contract when the company also took over the Japanese fight promotion a few years back.

Once stepping into the cage with a 5-7 record, Hunt has now turned things around. After a fantastic performance against Cheick Kongo at UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson in Japan on Saturday night.

Following a little back and forth, and despite Kongo’s eight-inch reach advantage, Hunt nailed the French fighter with a right hand, staggering him, and then swarmed. Kongo unleashed a flurry of punches, finishing Kongo barely after the fight had gotten started.

“I’m the former K-1 world champion so, yeah, I did (think I had a striking advantage),” Hunt told UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan after the fight.

Hunt has now rebounded from a six-fight losing skid that had UFC officials saying, please, don’t step in the Octagon, to now riding a three-fight victory train, winning over UFC president Dana White, and quite possibly a lot of fans along the way.

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  • adice89

    Tell me one guy that will stand with mark hunt punch for punch in the UFC HW division?? Nobody including JDS will have a chance to do that. Overeem does has a chance but only due to his knees. Only way to win against this guy is taken him down and submitting him.

    • Cptmats

      Kinda backwards there ! Oveream wouldn’t have much of a chance but JDS would for sure.

  • Lesnardo

    It looks like Mark Hunt is doing the right thing training at AKA. It seems like he didn’t lose that much power from losing weight.

    Always enjoy seeing PRIDE veterans do well in the UFC.

  • adice89

    Well you are right. He did slam overeem on his ass like a girl. Overeem did win by sub but stand up match alone PUNCHING and ACCURACY Mark Hunt is beating anyone at HW. Melvin Manheof was a very fast LHW gotta give credit where its due. Overall hes a very superior striker though.