If you happened to catch the UFC Fight Night from Brisbane, Australia this past weekend, you got to see the heavy handed Super Samoan Mark Hunt knock Frank Mir out in devastating fashion. Mir got caught with a single blow to the side of his head that dropped him senseless to the mat. And Hunt, knowing Mir wasn’t about to get back up from the shot, did what Hunt has done several times now like a boss: he calmly walked away instead of following up with more punches.
Mark holds walk-off KOs wins in the UFC over Chris Tuchscherer, Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson, and now Frank Mir. That’s an impressive group of people to beat, let alone by hitting them so hard he didn’t even feel the need to ensure they’re finished.
Mark Hunt is the fight league’s ultimate underdog. When the UFC bought PRIDE FC (and Mark’s contract with it), UFC president Dana White famously offered Hunt $400,000 to simply go away. Mark had lost his last five fights, and the UFC wasn’t interested in his services.
But rather than take the money and walk, Hunt demanded the UFC honor his contract and give him a chance to fight in the Octagon. He had a less than promising start, losing his first fight in just over a minute to relative unknown Sean McCorkle. But then the Super Samoan turned things around and won his next four fights, three of them by knockout.
A fight of the year performance against Antonio Silva in Australia cemented Mark in the good graces of UFC execs. And when Cain Velasquez pulled out of a title fight against Fabricio Werdum with less than a month before the event, the internet rose up and called on the UFC to replace Velasquez with Hunt. To everyone’s excitement, they did, and the man the UFC tried to pay to go away was now fighting for their heavyweight belt.
He came up short and lost that fight, but now he’s right back in the contender picture with two impressive first round finishes. The fans are already starting to get hyped about the potential for another title shot in the future. Another amazing walk-off knockout against a top five opponent, and he may just clinch it.