Mark Hunt Biography: Mark Richard Hunt is a former professional MMA fighter and kickboxer from New Zealand. Hunt won the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix and participated in the Ultimate Fighting Championship till 2018.
Mark Hunt Biography
Mark Hunt Biography: Mark Hunt was born on 23 March 1974 in Auckland, New Zealand, into a big Samoan family & was a troubled child, eventually leading to two jail terms for violent offending. He had no intention of becoming a professional boxer until a late-night incident outside a bar shortly after being released from jail for the second time in Auckland transformed his life. The brawl was brief, and Hunt knocked out several individuals.
Sam Marsters, one of the door bouncers, was amazed by the young man’s knockout power and invited him to his gym to begin official training, and Hunt won a Muay Thai kickboxing contest by knockout a week later. Hunt was given a six-pack of beer as a reward for his efforts. Later that year, Hunt relocated to Sydney, Australia (to Campbelltown) to train with Alex Tui, and a few years later, he joined Liverpool Kickboxing Gym, where Maori teacher Hape Ngaranoa taught him.
Mark Hunt Wiki
|Date Of Birth
|23 March 1974
|Auckland, New Zealand
|Mixed Martial Artist
Mark Hunt Personal Life
Hunt and his second wife, Julie, met in 1994 in a reggae bar and have four children.
What is Mark Hunt Net Worth?
According to Wikipedia, Forbes, & Business Insider, Mark Hunt’s net worth is $5 million.
Mark Hunt Career
Before Tarik Solak promoted the K-1 Oceania tournament in February 2000, Hunt was used by promoters as a stepping stone for their up-and-coming fighters, taking on contests on short notice. With a record of (15–4) and three knockouts, Hunt entered his first K-1 fight as a significant underdog.
He defeated “The Coconut Crusher” Aumitagi in the quarterfinals, Rony Sefo in the semifinals, and Phil Fagan in the finals to win the K-1 Oceania championship. Therefore, he was invited to Japan to complete K-1 qualifications. He was defeated by a unanimous decision in his first international bout against Jérôme Le Banner.
2001 Hunt won the K-1 Oceania tournament for the second consecutive year, signifying his return to K-1. Following this, he participated in the K-1 World GP 2001 in Melbourne, where he defeated the Japanese boxer Hiromi Amada before losing a close unanimous decision to the defending champion Ernesto Hoost.
Mirko Cro Cop had to pull out from the K-1 World GP 2001 Finals due to an injury, but because of Hunt’s thrilling fighting style, he was granted a wildcard place in the repechage tournament. He was paired against Ray Sefo, who outpointed Hunt to win the bout. However, after the fight, Sefo sustained an eye injury and could not continue, allowing Hunt to continue in his stead. Hunt defeated Adam Watt by technical knockout to secure his place in the K-1 World Grand Prix Finals at the Tokyo Dome.
Mark Hunt MMA Career
Mark Hunt’s mixed martial arts career included bouts in Japan’s PRIDE Fighting Championships. His first MMA bout ended in a submission loss to Olympic gold medallist in judo Hidehiko Yoshida. He defeated American wrestler Dan Bobish by TKO in his second fight. Hunt came in as a late substitute for Sakuraba and defeated an overweight PRIDE middleweight (205 lb) champion Wanderlei Silva in a split decision. Silva, known for his vicious punching and Muay Thai clinch game, was neutralized and put down numerous times during the bout by the hard-hitting Samoan.
After losing to him in K-1, Hunt unexpectedly defeated Mirko Cro Cop via split decision at the PRIDE Shockwave 2005 event. Hunt defeated Japanese boxer Yosuke Nishijima in the third round of PRIDE 31: Unbreakable with a potent one-two punch.
On May 5, 2006, Hunt fought in the first round of PRIDE’s 2006 Open-Weight Grand Prix (PRIDE Total Elimination Absolute). Tsuyoshi Kohsaka of Japan was his opponent, and he defeated him by TKO in the second round. In the second round of the competition, he faced American catch-wrestler Josh Barnett at PRIDE Critical Countdown Absolute. Hunt was knocked down quickly by Barnett and eventually defeated by a kimura submission about two and a half minutes into the first round.