On Monday, Brock Lesnar announced he would face off against New Zealand fighter Mark Hunt at UFC 200 on July 9. To those who follow the sport, it was exciting news. Hunt is an explosive fighter who has been wowing fans of combat sports for over 15 years. But more casual fans of mixed martial arts may need a little primer to understand why the man known as the “Super Samoan” is one of the most beloved heavyweights in the sport.
Here are the key points you need to know.
He Has Hands Of Stone
Out of his 12 MMA wins, nine have come by way of knockout. He knocks out guys with legendary chins like Roy Nelson, who took the best shots Alistair Overeem and Junior Dos Santos could give and still kept coming. Hunt laid him out like it was no sweat.
His Jaw Is Pretty Strong, Too
Mark isn’t afraid to come forward and take some punishment to dish it out. He’s not invincible — there’s no such thing when you’re fighting the best of the UFC heavyweight division. But he’s undeniably tough and can take serious damage without going out.
He’s The King Of The Walk-Off Knockout
Not only does he have some of the best walkoff knockouts in the history of the sport, he’s got the most walkoff knockouts in UFC history at four.
He Is Also The Undisputed Master Of The “Atomic Butt Drop”
He Was One Of The Top Kickboxers In The World Before Switching To MMA
Mark burst onto the kickboxing scene in 2000 and quickly earned his way into the K-1 World Grand Prix, which he won in 2001. His wars in K-1 were legendary. Over the years, he fought such greats as Semmy Schilt, Jerome Le Banner, Mike Bernardo, and Mirko CroCop (who he later defeated in MMA).
The Ground Game Is His Kryptonite
Of his 10 losses in mixed martial arts, six of those come from submission. Brock Lesnar’s game plan should become pretty obvious given this: take Hunt down and make him tap.