Mark Hunt has had his issues with the UFC.
The heavyweight contender plans to finish out his current UFC deal and leave the promotion. Hunt told “Submission Radio” that he has two fights left on his deal after his bout with Curtis Blaydes, and will seek employment elsewhere after that.
“Well, for the UFC, yeah. That will be the end of my career in the UFC. I have two fights left and that’s it,” Hunt said. “You probably know the path I’ve had with the UFC, but you know, it’s business. I haven’t done nothing wrong, I just don’t like to be treated like shit – even if I’m an employee or whatever and I speak my mind about it and, you know, I’ll go from there. So like I said, three fights left and I’ll move on.
“I’m looking at going and fighting global fights for New Zealand, Australia and probably Japan. It depends on what happens. Like I said, I’m still chasing the dream of that world title. I’m in a good position to get a finish in this fight, beat this guy, then move on to the top end. It’s not gonna be easy, but I’ll see what happens and hopefully I get next in line for the world title shot, go from there. So, see what happens.”
Hunt, who will turn 44 years old this coming March, is coming off a fourth round TKO victory over Derrick Lewis. That marked his first official since since a 2016 knockout of former UFC champion and current Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix participant Frank Mir.
The New Zealand native is 13-11-1 with one no-contest, having fought current UFC champion Stipe Miocic, former champion Fabricio Werdum, Alistair Overeem and Brock Lesnar over the past three years.
“I was looking at fighting in Sydney and fighting in Perth. You know, it is what it is,” he said. “Hopefully I can get a fight not far after the Perth fight, depending on injuries. We’ll see what happens. I can’t really look past Blaydes. I’ll just have to give him the Blayde kicks.”
“I don’t care who’s got the strap, whether it’d be Stipe or (Francis) Ngannou. Once I get that shot and land a proper shot, they’re gonna get it. I’m gonna give it to them right in the lips.”
Hunt and Blaydes will square off at UFC 221 on February 11 from the Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia.