Mark Hunt is currently the #9 ranked heavyweight in the official UFC rankings, but at one point, the UFC was willing to pay him just to go away. After entering the UFC with a losing record, Hunt has rallied to become one of the top heavyweights in the world, facing stiff competition along the way. He is no longer a one-trick pony, continuing to improve from his kickboxing pedigree and showing progress in his grappling skills.

Mark Hunt began his fighting career as a kickboxer under the K-1 banner, where he frequently stepped in on short-notice against high level competition. Hunt won his first K-1 title at the K-1 Oceania tournament on February 27, 2000 after entering as a heavy underdog. The Super Samoan’s ability to both deliver and absorb a godlike amount of punishment has without a doubt earned him a huge following in MMA and kickboxing.

While continuing his kickboxing career, Hunt also made a transition to MMA. He competed in Japan, fighting in PRIDE Fighting Championship and DREAM FC, where he compiled a record of 5-1 before a 5 fight losing streak brought his record to 5-6.

His career looked to be coming to an end when the UFC purchased PRIDE, along with all of their contracts. The UFC offered to pay Hunt $450,000 to buy out his remaining contract. Hunt declined, stating that he was a fighter and wanted to compete with the best heavyweights in the world.

UFC On Fuel TV: Hunt wins via KO, breaking the jaw of Stefan Struve

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