Just as he’s quick to pull the plug on a presumably boring fighter’s career, UFC president Dana White has a propensity to give exciting fighters second chances.
One of those explosive fighters, volatile heavyweight Mark Hunt, got his opportunity from White through a technicality in the midst of the most miserable and self-destructive stretch of his career.
A former standout in K-1, Hunt went on a four-year winless drought that spanned from July 2006 to February 2011. In that stretch, Hunt lost six straight fights, astoundingly dropping five by submission and one by KO.
But because of strings attached to Zuffa's deal with Japan's Pride Fighting Championships organization, Hunt had the option of collecting a paycheck without ever fighting in the UFC.
But five losses into his losing streak, Hunt told White that he wanted to fight, so matchmaker Joe Silva paired him with Sean McCorkle at UFC 119.
At the time, White's decision to allow Hunt to fight in the most prominent organization in the world appeared foolish, especially since the New Zealander appeared content simply collecting paychecks in his waning days in Japan.
Three wins later, however, Hunt, a star in his early days in Pride, once again stands of on the brink of fighting the world’s best.
But Hunt isn’t the only seemingly down-and-out fighter who received a second chance from White.
Here’s a look at three other fighters who took similarly strange paths to success in the UFC.