On February 28, 2013 at Saitama Super Arena
|Born||Mark Richard Hunt
23 March 1974
South Auckland, New Zealand
|Other names||Super Samoan
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||265 lb (120 kg; 18 st 13 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
Marco Gigante Villela
|Years active||1999 – 2003, 2008 (Kickboxing)
2004 - present (MMA)
1998, 2000 (Boxing)
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable students||James Te Huna|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mark Richard 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 (UFC), and was also the winner of the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix.
- 1 Background
- 2 Career
- 3 Mixed martial arts career
- 4 Television and film
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Championships and accomplishments
- 7 Mixed martial arts record
- 8 Kickboxing record
- 9 Professional boxing record
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Hunt was born in Auckland, into a large Samoan family, and was a troubled child eventually leading to two jail terms for violent offending. He had no intention to be a professional fighter until a late night altercation outside a nightclub just after getting out of jail for the second time in Auckland changed the course of his life. The brawl did not last long, and Hunt knocked out multiple people. 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, and a week later, Hunt won a Muay Thai kickboxing match via knockout. Hunt received a six-pack of beer as a reward for the fight. Later that year Hunt moved to Sydney, Australia, to train with Alex Tui, and 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 Championship. 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 Championship 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
PRIDE Fighting Championship
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.
On 21 July 2008, more than a year after his last MMA fight, Hunt returned to MMA to face Alistair Overeem at the Dream 5: Lightweight Grand Prix 2008 Final Round, and was submitted by an armlock in just over a minute into the first round.
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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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.
Hunt faced Junior dos Santos on 25 May 2013 at UFC 160, replacing an injured Alistair Overeem. Hunt lost the fight via knockout in the third round in a bout that earned both participants Fight of the Night honors. Afterwards, some major MMA media outlets was considering this to be the best fight in the history of the UFC heavyweight division.
Hunt faced Antônio Silva in the main event on 7 December 2013 at UFC Fight Night 33. The fight went to a decision, with one judge scoring it 48-47 for Hunt while the other two had the scores even, 47-47, resulting in a majority draw. Post-fight, Dana White stated that the bout won Fight of the Night and, despite the draw result, both men would receive their win bonuses. The bout with Silva has been described as one of the best in the promotion's heavyweight history. Subsequently, Silva failed a post-fight test for elevated testosterone (he had been undergoing UFC-approved testosterone replacement therapy). In turn, the bout is still a "draw" on Hunt's official record, while in Silva's case it was overturned to a no-contest.
On 5 August 2014, Hunt posted cryptic tweets about becoming unemployed, which Dana White immediately denied. At first, Hunt blamed his tweets on hunger, but later in mid-August he revealed that he had decided to walk away from the sport due to business reasons. Hunt originally wanted a three-fight contract while the UFC wanted an eight-fight contract. After Hunt's decision to walk away, his wife talked him around and he ended up with a six-fight contract with the organization. At the end of August 2014, Hunt revealed that the contract will be the last of his mixed martial arts career.
Continuation in UFC
Hunt faced Roy Nelson on 20 September 2014 at UFC Fight Night 52. He won the fight by knockout in the second round. The win earned Hunt his first Performance of the Night bonus award, and also World MMA Awards 2014 Knockout Of The Year award.
On 21 October 2014, it was announced that Hunt would replace injured UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez in the main event at UFC 180. He faced off against Fabrício Werdum for the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship. Despite having early success and dropping Werdum due to punches twice, Hunt lost the fight via TKO in the second round.
Hunt faced Stipe Miocic on 10 May 2015 at UFC Fight Night 65. He lost the fight via TKO in the fifth round. Miocic set a UFC record for the most strikes landed in a fight, outlanding Hunt 361 - 48 over the duration of the bout.
Hunt faced Antônio Silva in a rematch on 15 November 2015 at UFC 193. Hunt won the fight via TKO, after dropping his opponent with a straight right up against the fence, at 3:41 of the first round.
Television and film
Hunt was born a Mormon, but is now a born-again Christian. He lives in Australia with his second wife and has six children. The first two children from his first marriage are already adults. Hunt and his second wife, Julie, met in a reggae club around 1994 and have four children. In December 2014 Hunt's older brother John committed suicide at the age of 44.
In August 2015, Hunt became a vegan after viewing undercover video footage of the insides of a factory farm. On his Facebook page, where he posted the video, he captioned, "I'm going vegan, hate this".
Championships and accomplishments
- World Kickboxing Federation
- 1999 WKBF Australian Super Heavyweight Champion
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- 2014 All-Violence Third Team
- Fight Matrix
- 2013 King of Violence Award
- World MMA Awards
- 2014 Knockout of the Year vs. Roy Nelson
- The MMA Corner.com
- 2014 Knockout of the Year vs. Roy Nelson
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|22 matches||11 wins||10 losses|
|Win||11–10–1||Antônio Silva||TKO (punches)||UFC 193||15 November 2015||1||3:41||Melbourne, Australia|
|Loss||10–10–1||Stipe Miocic||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt||10 May 2015||5||2:47||Adelaide, Australia|
|Loss||10–9–1||Fabrício Werdum||TKO (flying knee and punches)||UFC 180||15 November 2014||2||2:27||Mexico City, Mexico||For the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||10–8–1||Roy Nelson||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson||20 September 2014||2||3:00||Saitama, Japan||2014 Knockout of the Year. Performance of the Night.|
|Draw||9–8–1||Antônio Silva||Draw (majority)||UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot||7 December 2013||5||5:00||Brisbane, Australia||Fight of the Night. Silva failed post-fight drug test.|
|Loss||9–8||Junior dos Santos||KO (spinning hook kick)||UFC 160||25 May 2013||3||4:18||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|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.|
|Loss||5–5||Melvin Manhoef||TKO (punches)||Fields Dynamite!! 2008||31 December 2008||1||0:18||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||5–4||Alistair Overeem||Submission (americana)||Dream 5: Lightweight Grand Prix 2008 Final Round||21 July 2008||1||1:11||Osaka, Japan|
|Loss||5–3||Fedor Emelianenko||Submission (kimura)||Pride FC - Shockwave 2006||31 December 2006||1||8:16||Saitama, Japan||For the PRIDE Heavyweight Championship.|
|Loss||5–2||Josh Barnett||Submission (kimura)||Pride FC - Critical Countdown Absolute||1 July 2006||1||2:02||Saitama, Japan||PRIDE Openweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.|
|Win||5–1||Tsuyoshi Kohsaka||TKO (punches)||Pride FC - 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 - Dreamers||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 (body kick)||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|
30 Wins (13 (T)KO's, 17 decisions), 13 Losses
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
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 current UFC fighters
- List of male mixed martial artists
- List of K-1 events
- List of PRIDE events
- List of K-1 champions
- NSAC report of K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 in Las Vegas
- UFC Fighter Rankings
- Kilgallon, Steve (17 August 2014). "News". The Sunday Star-Times. ISSN 1172-9740.
- "Mark Hunt - UFC Fighter Profile & Stats". Ufcbetting.com. 2011-11-28. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
- "Mark Hunt - Biography and Profile of Mark Hunt". Martialarts.about.com. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
- Greatest Pride Fighting Knockouts, Video of Unbreakable, retrieved 16 February 2007
- "Dana White 'Proud' That Mark Hunt Turned Down Payoff to Fight in UFC". Mmafighting.com. 2011-09-25. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
-  Archived 11 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine
- "Mark Hunt gets in shape for Sept. 25 fight against Sean McCorkle". 13 September 2010.
- Pishna, Ken (1 January 2011). "Mark Hunt vs. Chris Tuchscherer Fills Up UFC 127 Fight Card". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved 1 January 2011.
- "UFC 127 bonuses: Hunt, Noke, Lytle and Ebersole earn $75,000". mmajunkie.com. 2011-02-27.
- Stupp, Dann. "UFC 135 main-card results: Jones chokes out 'Rampage,' Koscheck KOs Hughes". mmaJunkie.com. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
- "Chieck Kongo vs. Mark Hunt Verbally Agreed to for UFC 144 in Japan". mmaweekly.com. 20 November 2011.
- "Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve completes all-heavyweight UFC 146 main card". mmajunkie.com. 14 March 2012.
- "Mark Hunt Out of UFC 146; Lavar Johnson Now Meets Stefan Struve". mmafighting.com. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
- "Stefan Struve vs. Mark Hunt Likely for UFC on Fuel 8 in Japan". mmaweekly.com. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
- "UFC on FUEL TV 8 results: Mark Hunt floors Stefan Struve with third-round combo". mmajunkie.com. 3 March 2013.
- "UFC on Fuel TV 8 bonuses Wanderlei Silva, Brian Stann, Mark Hunt win $50,000". mmajunkie.com. 3 March 2013.
- "Mark Hunt gets UFC 160 shot at former champ Junior dos Santos after all". mmajunkie.com. 9 March 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
- "UFC 160 bonuses fight night awards". mmajunkie.com. 2013-05-26.
- "UFC 160: Why Hunt vs dos Santos was the best match in UFC heavyweight history". bleacherreport.com. 2013-05-26.
- Staff (2013-09-04). "Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva targeted for UFC's December return to Australia". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-04.
- Staff (2013-12-07). "Antonio Silva drew with Mark Hunt". mmadecisions.com. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
- Geno Mrosko (2013-12-07). "UFC Fight Night 33 results: Mark Hunt vs. Bigfoot Silva goes to a draw". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
- Staff. "UFC Fight Night 33 bonuses: Rua, Silva and Hunt pick up $50,000 awards". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
- "UFC Fight Night 33 results: Mark Hunt and 'Bigfoot' Silva goes to draw in classic brawl". mmafighting.com. 2013-12-07.
- "Hunt, Silva combine for fight so good, normal rules don't apply". mmajunkie.com. 2013-12-07.
- Shin Splints (17 December 2013). "'Bigfoot' Silva fails UFC Fight Night 33 post-fight drug test". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
- Ariel Helwani (5 Aug 2014). "Mark Hunt tweets he's 'unemployed;' Dana White disagrees". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 26 Aug 2014.
- Adam Guillen Jr. (28 Aug 2014). "Mark Hunt to retire from MMA after fulfilling new six-fight deal with UFC". mmamania.com.
- Staff (30 May 2014). "Roy Nelson vs. Mark Hunt targeted for UFC Fight Night 52 in Japan". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
- Staff (2014-09-20). "UFC Fight Night 52 bonuses: Hunt, Case, Kang, Tanaka win $50,000". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-09-20.
- Fowlkes, Ben (2015-01-31). "2014 World MMA Awards winners: Lawler, Rousey, Gastelum, McGregor, UFC". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
- Iole, Kevin (2014-10-21). "Cain Velasquez injures knee; Mark Hunt to fight Fabricio Werdum for interim heavyweight title | Cagewriter - Yahoo Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
- "Cain Velasquez Injured; Fabricio Werdum vs. Mark Hunt New UFC 180 Main Event | UFC ® - News". Ufc.com. 2014-10-21. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
- Mike Chiari (15 Nov 2014). "Werdum vs. Hunt Results: Winner, Recap and Analysis from UFC 180". bleacherreport.com.
- Neil Rooke (2012-02-16). "Mark Hunt vs. Stipe Miocic to Headline UFC’s Adelaide Debut". combatpress.com. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
- Steven Marrocco (2015-05-10). "UFC Fight Night 65 results: Stipe Miocic finally stops Mark Hunt in fifth round". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-05-10.
- Damon Martin (2015-05-10). "Miocic brutalizes Hunt with most strikes in UFC history in fifth-round TKO". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2015-05-10.
- Staff (2015-05-10). "UFC Fight Night 65 post-fight facts: Stipe Miocic's 361 total strikes set UFC record". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-05-10.
- Mark Bergman (2015-08-19). "'Bigfoot' Silva and Mark Hunt will square off again at UFC 193". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-08-19.
- Brent Brookhouse (2015-11-14). "UFC 193 results: Mark Hunt finishes Antonio Silva in first in rematch of classic war". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
- Nathan Ryan (8 January 2016). "Mark Hunt v Frank Mir: UFC heavyweight blockbuster confirmed for Brisbane in March". foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
- "Mark Hunt Documentary on Fuel TV". Ufconfoxtel.com. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
- "Super Samoan's Softer side with wife Julie Hunt". FabWags. 2014-08-16. Retrieved 2014-09-11.
- Liam Napier (2015-04-26). "MMA star speaks out about need to fight depression". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 2015-05-06.
- Staff (2015-04-29). "Mark Hunt estimates he will be fighting for two more years: ’You won’t see me back’". fightsite.co. Retrieved 2015-05-06.
- "UFC fighter Mark Hunt to go vegan after watching animal cruelty video". the-newshub.com. 2015-08-31. Retrieved 2015-09-05.
- "Mark Hunt stats". fansofk1.com. 2010-01-29.
- "Mark Hunt from gold to old and back again". thesportspost.com. 2013-05-24.
- "Mark Hunt Stats". absolutemma.net.au.
- "UFC 127 performance bonuses". mmaweekly.com. 2011-02-27.
- "UFC on FUEL TV 8 bonuses". mmamania.com. 2013-03-03.
- "UFC 160 bonuses and awards". mmamania.com. 2013-05-26.
- "UFC Fight Night 33 bonuses: 'Bigfoot' Silva, Mark Hunt, 'Shogun' Rua get $50K awards". sherdog.com. 2013-12-06.
- "UFC Fight Night bonuses: Hunt, Case, Kang, Tanaka earn $50K". sherdog.com. 2014-09-20.
- Breen, Jordan (2015-01-08). "Sherdog.com’s 2014 All-Violence Team - Third Team". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
- "MMA Awards". Fightmatrix.com. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
- "King of Violence 2013: Mark Hunt". Hov-mma.com. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
- Fowlkes, Ben (2014-10-01). "MMAjunkie’s ‘Knockout of the Month’ for September 2014". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
- Official website
- Professional MMA record for Mark Hunt from Sherdog
- Professional boxing record for Mark Hunt from BoxRec
- Mark Hunt on UFC.com