On November 2007 in Korakuen Hall
23 March 1974
South Auckland, New Zealand
|Other names||Super Samoan|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||266 lb (121 kg; 19 st 0 lb)|
|Division||Super Heavyweight (kickboxing)
Heavyweight & Super Heavyweight (MMA)
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Minto, New South Wales, Australia|
|Team||Oceania Super Fighter Gym
Liverpool Kickboxing Gym
Tony Mundine Boxing Club
American Top Team
|Years active||1999 – 2003, 2008 (Kickboxing)
2004 - present (MMA)
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable students||James Te-Huna|
|Boxing record from Boxrec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mark Hunt (born 23 March 1974) is a New Zealand mixed martial artist and former kickboxer of Samoan descent, currently living in Sydney, Australia. Hunt competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is known for his raw strength, iron chin and knockout power. He is the winner of the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix. Hunt was the first to beat Wanderlei Silva after his 4 year undefeated winning streak in Pride Fighting Championship.
Hunt was born in Auckland, into a large Samoan family, and was a troubled child. He had no intention to be a professional fighter until a late night altercation outside a nightclub in Auckland changed the course of his life. The brawl did not last long. Sam Marsters, one of the bouncers at the door was impressed by the young man's knockout power and invited him to his gym to take up formal training.  Later that year Hunt moved to Sydney, Australia, to train with Alex Tui. A few years later he settled in Liverpool Kickboxing Gym under Maori instructor Hape Ngaranoa.
In the beginning of his career, Hunt was used by the promoters as a stepping stone for their up and coming fighters, taking up fights at short notice, until Tarik Solak promoted K-1 Oceania tournament in February 2000. With a record of (15-4, 3KO) Hunt entered his first K-1 tournament as a heavy underdog.
He won the K-1 Oceania title by knocking out "The Coconut Crusher" Aumitagi in quarter finals, Rony Sefo in semis and Phil Fagan in the finals. After this impressive performance he was invited to Japan for K-1 qualifications. He lost his first international fight by unanimous decision against Jérôme Le Banner.
In 2001, Hunt returned to K-1 by winning the K-1 Oceania tournament for the second consecutive year. After that he took part of K-1 World GP 2001 in Melbourne, where he beat Japanese boxer Hiromi Amada, before suffering a close unanimous decision loss to reigning champion Ernesto Hoost. However, because of his exciting fighting style Hunt was granted a wildcard spot in the repercharge tournament for the K-1 World GP 2001 Finals, when Mirko Filipović had to pull out due to injury. He was drawn against Ray Sefo, who won the bout by outpointing Hunt. After the fight however, Sefo suffered an eye injury and was not able to continue, allowing Hunt to proceed in his place. Hunt then TKO'd Adam Watt to earn his place in the K-1 World Grand Prix Finals at the Tokyo Dome.
During the matchmaking for the K-1 Finals, Hunt surprised the crowd by choosing Jérôme Le Banner, whom he had just lost in the previous year, as his quarterfinal opponent. Hunt won the rematch by knocking out Le Banner in the second round and advanced himself onto the semi-finals facing Stefan Leko. Hunt knocked down Leko two times in the first round and went on to win the fight by unanimous decision. The stage was set for the final battle against Brazilian Kyokushin karate champion Francisco Filho. In the final Hunt defeated Filho by unanimous decision to become the K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 champion.
In 2002, Hunt went to Paris to fight Le Banner again for the third time what turned out to be one of the biggest battles in K-1 history. Le Banner, fighting in front of his hometown audience, knocked down Hunt in the second round but was in turn knocked down himself a few seconds later. In the final moments of the round, Hunt was knocked down for the second time again by the powerful Frenchman. In between rounds the towel was thrown in as Hunt could not continue.
On 17 December 2002, Mark Hunt returned to defend his K-1 World Grand Prix title. In quarter finals, entering the third round and behind on all scorecards, Mark was able to connect with a right cross that knocked out Stefan Leko and advanced him to the semi-finals against his career long nemesis Jerome Le Banner. Despite knocking down the Frenchman at the end of the third round, Hunt lost the fight by decision. It would to be his last K-1 World Grand Prix appearance.
In April 2008, FEG announced Hunt's return to K-1 and nominated him as the challenger of K-1 Super Heavyweight title held by Semmy Schilt. The match was held on 13 April 2008, in Yokohama, Japan at the K-1 World GP 2008 in Yokohama. Hunt lost the fight at the end of the first round by spinning back kick to the body.
Mixed martial arts career
Hunt's mixed martial arts career saw him fight in events in Japan's PRIDE Fighting Championships. His first MMA fight was a submission loss to Hidehiko Yoshida, an Olympic gold medalist in judo. In his second fight, he defeated American wrestler Dan Bobish by TKO. Hunt stepped in as a late replacement for Sakuraba, and won a split decision against an outweighed PRIDE middleweight (205 lb) champion Wanderlei Silva. Silva, renowned for his brutal punching and Muay Thai clinch game, was neutralized by the hard-hitting Samoan and knocked down several times in the fight. At the PRIDE Shockwave 2005 event, Hunt surprisingly defeated Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović via a split decision, after his earlier loss to him in K-1. At PRIDE 31: Unbreakable, Hunt defeated Japanese boxer Yosuke Nishijima in the third round with a powerful one-two punch.
Hunt's next fight was in the opening round of PRIDE's 2006 Open-Weight Grand Prix (PRIDE Total Elimination Absolute) on 5 May 2006. His opponent was Japan's Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, who he defeated by TKO in the second round. He then faced American catch-wrestler Josh Barnett at PRIDE Critical Countdown Absolute in the second round of the tournament. Hunt was immediately taken down by Barnett and ultimately lost to a kimura submission roughly two and a half minutes into the first round.
Following that fight, Hunt next lost to PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko at PRIDE Shockwave 2006. Hunt controlled Emelianenko most of the fight and even effectively countered an armbar early in the bout. Hunt's greatest chance of winning came when he was able to put Emelianenko in an americana. Unfortunately for Hunt, Emelianenko was able to fight through it and submit Hunt with a kimura.
Hunt was set to fight Jerome Le Banner at Dynamite!! 2008 but ended up fighting late replacement Melvin Manhoef after Le Banner pulled out. Despite the fact that he had a substantial weight advantage over Manhoef, he was knocked out in 18 seconds in the first round. This marked the first time he had been stopped by knockout due to punches to the head.
Hunt made his UFC debut on 25 September 2010 at UFC 119 against fellow UFC newcomer and undefeated prospect Sean McCorkle. Hunt trained with American Top Team for the fight. Photos that had emerged on the internet had shown that Hunt had lost a considerable amount of weight in comparison to that of his Pride days. He was defeated via Submission (straight armbar) at 1:03 of the first round.
Hunt's next fight in the UFC was against Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 127 on 27 Feb. in Sydney, Australia. Hunt defeated Tuchscherer in the second round via KO, earning Knockout of the Night. Also snapping his six fight losing streak and giving him his first victory in nearly five years.
The bout with Struve was rescheduled for 3 March 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8. Hunt defeated Struve via third round TKO, after dropping him to the floor by a huge left hook that also broke Struve's jaw, earning Knockout of the Night honors.
Championships and Accomplishments
- World Kickboxing Federation
- 1999 WKBF Australian Super Heavyweight Champion
Mixed Martial Arts
- Fight Matrix
30 Wins (13 (T)KO's, 17 decisions), 13 Losses
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||9 wins||7 losses|
|Junior dos Santos||UFC 160||25 May 2013||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–7||Stefan Struve||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann||3 March 2013||3||1:44||Saitama, Japan||Knockout of the Night|
|Win||8–7||Cheick Kongo||TKO (punches)||UFC 144||26 February 2012||1||2:11||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||7–7||Ben Rothwell||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 135||24 September 2011||3||5:00||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||6–7||Chris Tuchscherer||KO (punch)||UFC 127||27 February 2011||2||1:41||Sydney, Australia||Knockout of the Night|
|Loss||5–7||Sean McCorkle||Submission (straight armbar)||UFC 119||25 September 2010||1||1:03||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||5–6||Gegard Mousasi||Submission (straight armbar)||Dream 9||26 May 2009||1||1:20||Yokohama, Japan||Dream Super Hulk Grand Prix Quarterfinal. Fought at catchweight of 212 pounds.|
|Loss||5–5||Melvin Manhoef||TKO (punches)||Dynamite!! 2008||31 December 2008||1||0:18||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||5–4||Alistair Overeem||Submission (keylock)||Dream.5||21 July 2008||1||1:11||Osaka, Japan|
|Loss||5–3||Fedor Emelianenko||Submission (kimura)||Pride Shockwave 2006||31 December 2006||1||8:16||Saitama, Japan||For Pride Heavyweight Championship|
|Loss||5–2||Josh Barnett||Submission (kimura)||Pride Critical Countdown Absolute||1 July 2006||1||2:02||Saitama, Japan||Pride Openweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal|
|Win||5–1||Tsuyoshi Kohsaka||TKO (punches)||Pride Total Elimination Absolute||5 May 2006||2||4:15||Osaka, Japan||Pride Openweight Grand Prix Opening Round|
|Win||4–1||Yosuke Nishijima||KO (punch)||Pride 31||26 February 2006||3||1:18||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||3–1||Mirko Filipović||Decision (split)||Pride Shockwave 2005||31 December 2005||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||2–1||Wanderlei Silva||Decision (split)||Pride Shockwave 2004||31 December 2004||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||1–1||Dan Bobish||TKO (kick to the body)||Pride 28||31 October 2004||1||6:23||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||0–1||Hidehiko Yoshida||Submission (armbar)||Pride Critical Countdown 2004||20 June 2004||1||5:25||Saitama, Japan|
Professional boxing record
|0 Wins (0 knockouts, 0 decisions), 1 Losses, 1 Draw|
|Draw||0-1-1||Joe Askew||PTS||4||2000-04-23||Wyong RSL Club, Wyong, New South Wales, Australia|
|Loss||0-1||John Wyborn||PTS||3||1998-08-21||Bondi Diggers Club, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
- List of male kickboxers
- List of male mixed martial artists
- List of K-1 events
- List of PRIDE events
- List of K-1 champions
- List of kickboxing organizations
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