Mark Hunt may be coming off a stoppage loss to Fabricio Werdum, and recently turned 41 years old, but the feared striker is still striving to be the best fighter on the planet.
As you know, Hunt will face Stipe Miocic tonight at UFC Fight Night 65, which will will mark the first time he’s fought, since he battled Werdum in November. Hunt was tapped to compete for the UFC’s interim heavyweight title at UFC 180, not long after he scored a walk off, KO win over Roy Nelson in September.
Hunt recently spoke to FOX Sports.com about tonight’s bout, and while reflecting on his storied career, the former K-1 champ stated:
“I’ve done a lot in two different fight sports. If God didn’t give me this gift, I don’t know what my gift is (laughs). I love fighting. I’m chasing my dreams. I want to be the best fighter in the world. People ask how I can train hard every day and then go into fights against these guys. I say, ‘I don’t know how you could go to work every day, get in a car, sit through traffic (laughs). Everyone has a different way. Fighting is mine.”
Yup. Clearly the New Zealand fighter made the right decision to give combat sports a go.
Tonight’s fight is a pivotal one for both men, but particularly Hunt, if he hopes to challenge for the title one more time. A defeat would likely put Hunt two or three wins out of a title shot, and at 41, he may not have that much time. Then again, folks have counted out “The Super Samoan” before…
Miocic, meanwhile, will fighting for the first time since he was decisioned by Junior dos Santos in December. The well rounded fighter is ranked #4.
UFC FN 65 will be hosted by the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia.