UFC heavyweight contender Mark Hunt has become one of the most unlikely success stories in mixed martial arts since joining the UFC in September of 2010. Hunt entered the UFC with a 5-6 record and on a five-fight losing streak. The organization had attempted to buy out his contract from PRIDE, but Hunt wanted to finish it out and fight the remaining bouts that he had on his deal.
It didn’t look good for Hunt who lost his UFC debut just one minute in to the bout by armbar, but since that time he has been on an absolute tear and taken the division by storm.
Hunt has earned four-straight victories over Chris Tuchscherer, Ben Rothwell, Cheick Kongo and Stefan Struve. Rothwell was able to last to a decision that he ultimately lost to Hunt, while the other three opponents were knocked out.
Now, Hunt is facing former UFC champion Junior Dos Santos at UFC 160 tonight and he would like a title shot if he can add another win to his record.
“This is the biggest fight for me, but it’s just another fight at the end of the day,” Hunt said following Friday’s weigh-ins. “Of course, this is the moment for me. And of course, we talk about acclimatizing. But I’m not going to use it as an excuse if I lose. I’m not going to use any excuse. I’m not that kind of fighter or person.
“I feel if I beat JDS this weekend, I should get the shot, but whatever happens, happens. … I’m always the underdog for every fight, and I probably always will be.”
Hunt was always a fan favorite in PRIDE and now he is carrying that with him to the UFC.
There are fans rallying for Hunt to get a title shot and that will only get louder if he is able to upset Dos Santos tonight. If he can pull off the win, there is no reason that Hunt should be in the octagon with anyone other than the winner of the UFC 160 main event for his next bout.