Mark Hunt Ended His UFC Career With This Epic Final Walk Out To The Octagon
Mark Hunt walked to the Octagon tonight to face Justin Willis in what is likely to be the final fight in the Super Samoan’s illustrious time in the UFC.
Last fight on Mark Hunt’s UFC contract this Saturday. No talk of a new deal, by either side. I think both are ready to part ways.
Kinda sad ending. Hunt was a guy UFC didn’t want at first, went on to a memorable run. Disillusioned by opponents failed tests. His words this week: pic.twitter.com/I9pRUbyabf
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 29, 2018
Hunt’s stint in the worlds largest MMA organisation didn’t exactly start auspiciously, after a successful career in kickboxing Hunt had initially shown great potential in Japanese MMA promotions PRIDE before losing four consecutive bouts.
Upon transitioning to the UFC Hunt demonstrated a completely new lease on life as he proved to be a top contender in the heavyweight division, only just missing out on the UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship when he was defeated by Fabricio Werdum.
The Australian’s relationship with the UFC wasn’t always so harmonious, however. Hunt regularly rallied for better pay for fighters and has shown on a number of occasions that he is not afraid to speak his mind.
Although his fight was Willis isn’t the most high-profile matchup Hunt has been involved in in the last 8 years, there was still clearly a tangible degree on animosity between the two fighters. During the faceoffs earlier this week the two were seen talking trash to one another, with fellow Oceanian fighters Tyson Pedro and Tai Tuivasa also getting involved.
Willis meanwhile had quietly made a name for himself in the ever-growing UFC heavyweight division prior to this fight, amassing three consecutive victories. A former American football player, Willis has honed his MMA skills at American Kickboxing Academy in the company of heavyweight greats such as Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier.
Whether Hunt will continue fighting after tonight is currently unknown, but even if the Super Samoan never steps foot in a ring or cage again his legacy is already cemented. I think I can speak for everyone in combat sports in saying that the king of walk-off KO’s has earned his rightful place among the legends of mixed martial arts, and should one day be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
He lost the fight after a disappointing decision, but here is the epic walk out below: