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Why Mark Hunt Will Live To Fight Another Day

Written by Tom Ngo
May 11th, 2015
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UFC Mark Hunt

After getting lambasted by Stipe Miocic on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 65, Mark Hunt (pictured) has now lost as many mixed martial arts fights as he’s won.

Stipe set a modern-day UFC record with 361 strikes landed, breaking Chael Sonnen’s mark by 41 strikes in his first tango with then-middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 117. Hunt posted the above pic following the mauling and it certainly looks like he blocked 361 strikes with his face.

Hunt entered the cage as the UFC’s fifth ranked heavyweight, but owns a mundane 5-5 (1 Draw) record. The rapidly aging 41-year-old has just one win in his last five outings – September’s walk-off KO over Roy Nelson.

So why is Hunt revered as though he’s destined for UFC Hall of Fame induction? Most fighters with his record would be an afterthought, with many wondering why he’s still in the UFC.

Well, it’s because the self-proclaimed “KFC King” has a heart that won’t quit and a chin that won’t split. Hunt is an all-or-nothing kind of fighter. He’s going to post a finish or he’s going to get finished – either way, he’s going to give every ounce of energy he has inside his pudgy frame.

His instant classic against a testosterone-enhanced Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva is the epitome of why Hunt still headlines cards at this stage in his so-so career. If Floyd Mayweather is the king of defense, then Hunt is the king of offense at the expense of defense.

UFC president Dana White tweeted Hunt “is not human” for his ability to take the beating Miocic was dishing out. Several minutes later, White posted, “Now it needs to be stopped.”

The only problem was, Hunt wasn’t going to quit and he would have killed his cornermen if they dared to save him from himself.

The referee finally did Hunt a favor by intervening midway through the final round of their one-sided shootout.

Given Hunt’s age and the reckless abandon in which he fights, should he retire before it’s too late? Probably. Will he? Definitely not.

Fighting is who Hunt is, for better or for worse. It’s not about the money, it’s about the high. Unfortunately for Hunt, there haven’t been many of those lately.

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