UFC on Fuel 8: Keys to Victory for Mark Hunt
It is a year today since we last saw Mark Hunt in the UFC's Octagon.
Last time out, he was victorious by knocking out French kickboxer Cheick Kongo in the opening round.
Hunt is currently riding high on the strength of a three-fight winning streak that includes two knockout victories.
After an MMA career that seemed destined to end in failure, Hunt has had a Cinderella Man-like comeback.
He has quickly become a fan favourite for his heavy hands and granite chin.
Hunt will make a return to Japan and face rising heavyweight star Stefan Struve. Here are some keys to victory Hunt could follow to defeat his opponent.
Find Struve's Chin
Hunt has hands with a ton of dynamite in them.
If he can find your chin, there is a pretty good chance it's going to be lights out.
Hunt is a former K-1 champion who won the 2001 K-1 World Championship. That means he has elite striking skills and power to boot.
Out of his eight MMA wins, five of them have come by knockout.
Struve has had a suspect chin in the past. Granted, he fights against the hardest hitters in the sport, but I digress.
All of Struve's three UFC losses to date have been by way of knockout.
If Hunt can get inside the massive reach of Struve and find his chin, it could be lights out for the young fighter.
Don't Get Taken Down
Hunt's MMA career has suffered because of submission losses.
He has been submitted for six of his seven MMA losses.
Struve thrives in the world of submissions.
If he takes the fight to the mat, he will use his long limbs and look to lock up that fight-finishing submission.
It is imperative that Hunt works on his takedown defense to avoid this fate.
If he can sprawl and keep Struve from taking him down, Hunt stands a much better chance of winning this fight.
Bring the Pressure Right out of the Gate
Struve is sometimes known as a slow starter when he fights.
He takes some punishment before turning it on at the end of the first and the beginning of the second rounds.
Hunt needs to understand that and translate it into constant pressure on the young Dutchman.
Hunt will need to stalk him across the Octagon and fire off shots to keep Struve off balance and respecting his skills and power.
If Hunt can hit him hard enough before Struve starts to get going, it could spell out a fourth straight win for the "Super Samoan."
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