Looking at Mark Hunt’s MMA career, you can understand why several questions arose when he signed with the UFC back in 2010. Despite having major wins over Wanderlei Silva and Mirko Cro Cop, the guy was currently riding a five-fight losing streak where he was stopped every time in the first round.
In his first fight back, a familiar tune played when fans saw the Super Samoan submitted by debuting heavyweight Sean McCorkle in only 67 seconds.
Since that time, Mark Hunt has gone on to decisively win his last three bouts against escalating levels of competition, and in the process, became the poster boy for career resurgence.
The latest feather in Hunt’s cap came last night when he quickly defeated heavyweight Cheick Kongo, knocking out the enormous Frenchman in the first round. Not only was Hunt a heavy underdog, but Kongo had never been knocked out by any man. When you consider that Cheick had been in the cage with Mirko Cro Cop, Cain Velasquez and Pat Barry, you’ll realize what an incredible feat this is.
What’s next for Hunt? Who knows? With most of the top UFC heavyweights already scheduled for upcoming bouts, I see an affair with Fabricio Werdum happening sometime this summer.