Updated: Dec 2, 2018 11:58 pm
The king of the walk-off KO retired in Adelaide this weekend. Mark Hunt has fought all over the world in PRIDE FC, K-1 and its offshoots, and the UFC in a long and storied career.
We’ll be taking a look at his highlights, in celebration with long time MMA fans and to introduce new comers to how exciting this man was.
The Butt Drop
Hunto will forever be remembered for his knockout power that earned him plenty of Knockout of the Night bonuses during his UFC tenure. However, he had a lot of unorthodox techniques in his tool belt. Look at how he deftly negates the threat of the up kick from fellow pioneer and legend Wanderlei Silva.
With my favorite Hunto moment out of the way lets move on.
Mark Hunt’s insane fight with Ray Sefo
An absolute gem of a fight with both men fighting with reckless abandon at times, a must see for combat sports enthusiasts. It occurred in the K1 ring, Mark Hunt rose to fame with the ability to take a shot as well as land a shot.
Both men traded punches that would floor smaller men until the final bell rang out. Hunt came up short in this fight but made a statement. Even when he losses the finish is often spectacular. His involvement in any bout, kickboxing or MMA, would have fans excited for what action could unfold.
Hunt would go onto win the k-1 2001 Grand Prix.
His Resume is one of the most impressive in the sports history
Mark Hunt has fought the biggest names in the sport for over a decade. Heavyweights like JDS, Alstair Overeem, Stipe Miocic, Mirko Cro Cop, Brock Lesnar, Roy Nelson, and Fedor to name but a few.
He came up short in his last fight for the promotion to Justin Willis but he has carved himself out a name in combat sports history.
He made a grand entrance with a band of warriors performing the Haka to lead him to one final fight inside the Octagon.
Goosebumps.@MarkHunt1974 #UFCAdelaide pic.twitter.com/s3huxjVC8l
— UFC (@ufc) December 2, 2018
The fight not go his way but the fans still sent a hero off in style, his opponent stepped aside in a beautiful show of sportsmanship to let Hunt have the floor.
No doubt he deserves an induction into the UFC Hall of Fame. Although his outspokeness about rampant drug abuse in the sport (Brock Lesnar’s failed test after their fight at UFC 200) and his dislike of the boss man (Dana F. White) may have lost him a slot.
That is a story for another day, this time we bid farewell to one of the toughest men to ever grace the sport of MMA.
Thank you for everything, @MarkHunt1974. #UFCAdelaide pic.twitter.com/AkTA8dhVpy
— UFC (@ufc) December 2, 2018
We will have to wait and see what the future holds for the Super Samoan.
UFC Fight Night: Dos Santos vs. Tuivasa Quick Results
|Main card (Fox Sports 1)|
|Heavyweight||Junior dos Santos||def.||Tai Tuivasa||TKO (punches)||2||2:30|
|Light Heavyweight||Maurício Rua||def.||Tyson Pedro||TKO (punches)||3||0:43|
|Heavyweight||Justin Willis||def.||Mark Hunt||Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Anthony Rocco Martin||def.||Jake Matthews||Technical Submission (anaconda choke)||3||1:19|
|Featherweight||Sodiq Yusuff||def.||Suman Mokhtarian||TKO (punches)||1||2:14|
|Light Heavyweight||Jimmy Crute||def.||Paul Craig||Submission (kimura)||3||4:51|
|Preliminary card (Fox Sports 1)|
|Welterweight||Alexey Kunchenko||def.||Yushin Okami||Decision (unanimous) (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Flyweight||Wilson Reis||def.||Ben Nguyen||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Keita Nakamura||def.||Salim Touahri||Decision (split) (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Flyweight||Kai Kara-France||def.||Elias Garcia||Decision (unanimous) (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)||3||5:00|
|Early Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)|
|Lightweight||Christos Giagos||def.||Mizuto Hirota||Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-27, 30-28)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Damir Ismagulov||def.||Alex Gorgees||Decision (unanimous) (30-25, 30-26, 30-26)||3||5:00|