If anyone is a fan of heavyweight fights, then Mark Hunt should be your hero.
It was the feel-good story of the last two years! Hunt was almost bought out of his contract with Pride because Dana White did not want him to fight for the UFC. Hunt, being the legend that he is, wanted no part of that deal. Hunt believed that not only could he stand with the best heavyweights in the land, but he could probably collect a head or two while doing it.
How right Hunt was. He went on a winning streak, knocking notable names like Cheick Kongo and Stefan Struve out cold. Hunt came back and showed fight fans everywhere that the old dog still had knew tricks.
His streak was so impressive that Hunt found himself in a no. 1 contender’s bout with Junior Dos Santos. That fight would go down as one of the best heavyweight fights of all time. Hunt was knocked out, but it was hard to feel bad for him. He came in and busted up the only man to knock the current champ out.
After that fight, Hunt’s fan base has only increased. People were clamoring about who he would fight next, and it turned out that he was dealt the biggest heavyweight in the division: Antonio Silva.
The fight is a must-win for Hunt. He needs to win this to keep his name in the title conversations. Since there is little interest in seeing Cain Velasquez vs. Dos Santos IV, Hunt could find himself in a title shot in two to three wins. The most exciting thing about this, and one of the biggest reasons that fans love watching him fight, is because he is always the underdog.
Do I think that Hunt stand a chance against Silva? No way. That is what makes it so exciting though. Hunt has been counted out in every one of his UFC fights, and ends up knocking his opponent out. I hope I am proved wrong again – because if I am, the fans will be going crazy for Hunt to fight for the title.