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.