After a very successful kickboxing career, Mark Hunt made a name for himself with MMA fans in PRIDE, where he defeated legends Mirko Filipovic and Wanderlei Silva. However, a five fight winning streak suddenly took a turn for the worse when Hunt fought Josh Barnett in July 2006.
Carrying a six fight losing streak into UFC 127, Hunt's UFC career was undoubtedly on the line. Fighting a wrestling-based fighter in Chris Tuchscherer, Mark Hunt was viewed as the underdog in this fight due to his weak ground game.
However, Hunt was able to keep this fight standing long enough to unleash his excellent striking on Tuchscherer. A former K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, Hunt landed a right uppercut in the second round that dropped Tuchscherer. Instead of pouncing on his opponent, Hunt casually walked away before the referee even called a stop to the fight.
For the many who believed that he was no longer capable of winning in modern MMA, Hunt showed them what happens when a fighter is unable to take him to the ground. If Hunt can keep fights standing he is still capable of producing exciting finishes.