UFC on Fuel TV 8 Results: Mark Hunt KO’s Stefan Struve for Fourth Straight Win

March 3, 2013
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Mark Hunt at UFC 119

Mark Hunt at UFC 119

Stefan Struve had been rocketing up the heavyweight division prior to UFC on Fuel TV 8, looking to make Mark Hunt his fifth consecutive victory, forcing the UFC brass to put him in with the top contenders.

Often counted out, Hunt once again proved the naysayers wrong.

When the UFC’s parent company purchased Pride Fighting Championships, Hunt was one of the fighters from the promotion that the UFC didn’t want. He was on a five-fight losing streak. The company tried to buy him out, but Hunt would have none of that. He wanted to prove himself.

He lost his first UFC bout, to Sean McCorkle, but then proved his resilience by winning three consecutive bouts before stepping in the Octagon with Struve in Japan.

Hunt and Struve went back and forth through the first two rounds, Hunt chopping away with his power punches, often staggering Struve, but not putting him down. Struve countered by taking Hunt to the mat whenever possible, attacking with a variety of submissions and mixing in some solid ground and pound.

Struve even had full mount late in round two, raining down punches and elbows, but couldn’t put the New Zealander away.

Hunt in the final round found the punches he had been searching for, hurting Struve early, but not immediately recognizing that he had. Once he did, however, Hunt’s killer instinct kicked in. He landed a big right hand to Struve’s temple and then sent him crashing to the mat with a wicked left hook.

Hunt turned away from Struve, thinking no further damage was necessary, but referee Herb Dean directed him to continue fighting.

Dean then took a second look at Struve, who lay defenseless on the mat, and waved off the fight before Hunt returned to the attack.

Hunt isn’t likely to be considered a title contender just yet, but having nearly been written off before he ever got an opportunity in the Octagon, his hopes to someday be considered a contender are still alive.

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  • Asa

    he def a contender! kongo and struv were the top gate keepers, now its time for atleast top oppoinents. id like to see d.s, or werdum. mir is already booked, allistar just lost, d.c is booked, brock is gone lol, roy sucks lol, travis just lost, carwin still gone, theres really nobody left except the former champ which has only one loss or werdum who is a contender as well. i say hunt vs werdum for num1 contender imo.

    • liverlips

      I say give him the loser of JDS v. Overeem. Mark can hang with any of the UFC ‘ s strikers. I’d love to see him win the belt…go Rocky!

      • Adam Bianski

        I could see the loser of the fight (sure it will be UnroidedReem). I would rather see him fight Big Roy or schaub.

        • Lucas Freire

          I think it would not be a good deal for Hunt to fight Schaub. He comes from 3 victories against guys better ranked than Schaub,who is also coming from 1-2 on his last 3 fights.

          • RondaKenPish

            HUNT IS ABOVE SCHAUB’S LEAGUE AS OF NOW.

            MAYBE THE FIGHT MADE SENSE A YEAR AGO.

          • Lucas Freire

            huh…that’s exactly what I said.

          • RondaKenPish

            just agreeing with you brother.

            Pretty much TUF noobs nuthug “well roundedness” so badly to a point where they would say Brenden Schaub is top 10.

            I don’t really enjoy watching the new breed of up and coming guys that do not come from one single discipline. Those guys do not last long in the UFC. I am not talking about guys like GSP or JBJ that weren’t the best in karate or wrestling but guys like Forrest Griffin who picked up MMA from scratch.

        • RondaKenPish

          SCHAUB WOULD GET DESTROYED AND WOULD ADD NOTHING TO HUNT’S RESUME.

          ROY, FRANK MIR, CARWIN, OR NOG SHOULD BE GAME.

      • Asa

        yeah i like too see him fight either one of them two. pref dos though, and if he beats the former champ then well lol thats a title shot. i dont think he can win but who knows hes heavy handed with a coconut head lol. somebodies going to sleep though so it would be exciting.

    • Adam Bianski

      Explain how you say Struve and Kongo the best gate keepers then go on to say Roy sucks. Maybe you missed Big Roy knocking Struve Out. I’m sure he will beat Kongo down as well. I think him fight Werdum for a number one contender shot is way out of this world. Mark has yet to beat a legit top ten guy (Struve is over rated and will be out next time the rankings come out) and Werdum hasn’t fought since June and I have heard nothing of a fight coming up. Maybe he could fight Schaub with the winner getting to sit at the big boy table.

      • shakejunt

        werdum-nogueira are tuf brasil 2 coaches

      • Asa

        well nelson has only beat NOBODIES and he got a shot at all the top guys from his beatings to lesser opps. so y wouldnt hunt get too fight big names now? roys got chances to mir, dos santos, werdum etc from his lil wins, and lost thrm all lol. hunt is on a longer winning streak than roy was ever on, y put him against another gate keeper like roy. i never said roy wasnt a gate keeper, i just said hunt has now beaten two great gate keeper in struve and kongo. roy is not a real contender he is just another mid tier gate keeper and y put hunt with another one is all im saying.

        • Adam Bianski

          I agree it is time for Hunt to fight a top tier guy but I think you need to tap the breaks a little on a fight for the number one contender spot.

        • RondaKenPish

          NELSON DID NOT GET A “SHOT.” HE WAS USED AS A FAT GATEKEEPER WITH GOOD CHIN THAT CAN ENDURE THE PUNISHMENT FROM GUYS THAT THE UFC WANTED TO SHOW CASE TO THE FANS!!!

          ROY IS A STEPPING STONE. THAT IS WHY HE GETS TO FIGHT ALL THE TOP GUYS.

          • Asa

            i said roy is mid tier and that hunt should. fight tougher comp since he just beat another up in comer mid tier guy, and never said hes top 5 but he should be facing some around there. ut everybody is already all tied up in matches or coming off losses. hes on a good win streak and a rising up in comer himself so put him in ther with dos santos or allistar. hw division is just all screwed up lol bit whats new so is lhw mw lw bw lol etc.

      • RondaKenPish

        DUDE..QUIT BEING A DOUCHE!!

        AGAIN, HUNT IS NOT TOP 5!!!

        THERE ARE LITTLE KIDS ON THIS SITE THAT THINK HUNT IS TOP 5. JUST IGNORE THEM AND STOP DENIGRATING HUNT JUST TO PROVE THEM WRONG.

  • DamianCross

    No no its fine. Keep underestimating him.

    See where it gets you.

  • Ian Price

    I always believed that as of last year, Hunt was a top-5. Here is the proof.

  • Adam Bianski

    People don’t underestimate him they just see it how it is he has lost six of his last ten fights. In what time in any history of any sport does that get you talked about as being the best in the world.

    • RondaKenPish

      NO ONE IS SAYING HE IS THE BEST TARD.

      JUST STOP WITH YOUR HUNT HATING.

      WE GET IT. YOU ARE FUNNY.

  • octawhat

    I have a lot of respect for Mark Hunt.

    He’s been fighting for his UFC career from day one. Dana didn’t want to sign him, but his contract came with Pride. The UFC offered to pay out Hunts contract, but Hunt wanted to fight for his money, and earn it.

    That alone is a trait of a true warrior. Then he loses his first fight, and instead of asking Dana to leave, or cry about not being treated fairly – he got in the cage again and hasn’t lost since.

    The UFC have steadily put fighters in with Hunt that they thought would beat him. However, no marquee stars or gate keepers that would propel Mark Hunt into the spot light.

    Struve on paper was meant to beat Hunt, and that would start to build his star – and have fans see him as a potential threat to the top five.

    That obviously didn’t happen – now the UFC are left with a dilemma, Hunt now has earned the right to fighter a top five fighter..

    However, if Hunt wins, he isn’t the type of fighter that the UFC wants to promote as a marquee star – He doesn’t look like an athlete, and doesn’t play the promotional game (see any of his after fight interviews). It’s a similar situation to Roy Nelson, but Roy is an entertainer at heart – even so, Dana is often outspoken about Roys physique. So his head must be reeling at the prospect of two fighters at heavyweight looking the same!

    It will be interesting to see what the UFC does next with Mark Hunt.

  • RondaKenPish

    Another sloppy piece of garbage from Ken.

    “When the UFC’s parent company purchased Pride Fighting Championships, Hunt was one of the fighters from the promotion that the UFC didn’t want. He was on a five-fight losing streak.”

    DUDE!!! He was on a two-fight losing streak when the merger happened. The other three losses were in DREAM 5 and after. WTF Are you talking about????

    HUNT was NOT ONE OF THE ORIGINAL FIGHTERS THAT CAME OVER TO THE UFC AFTER THE FALL OF PRIDE. HE CAME ABOUT TWO YEARS LATER!!!

    GOD…KEN PISHNA….YOU ARE HORRIBLE. JUST QUIT YOUR JOB.