Mark Hunt debuted in the UFC, after losing five in a row in PRIDE and K-1, due to a contractual obligation inucurred when the world's premier MMA organization bought its number one rival - PRIDE FC. Then he lost his debut, to Sean McCorkle, who has since been released.
However, Hunt is now on a two-fight streak, over Chris Tuchscherer (spectacular) and Ben Rothwell (not spectacular) and now faces gatekeeper Cheick Kongo this Saturday at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on the seven-fight main card airing live on pay-per-view.
In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Hunt covered a range of topics, starting with how he got there:
"I feel I'm one of the best fighters on the planet," Hunt said. "Why do I have to explain myself for being a part of the UFC? Every time, people say, 'You just got your deal because of the contract.' I got my deal because I'm talented. C'mon.
"I've been fighting for a long time. I deserve a little bit of respect. But it is what it is, and that's the way it is, and I just say no comment now, so when it gets brought up, I don't have to talk about it, blah-blah-blah. At the end of the day, what are they going to say, anyway?
"So, no comment."
Hunt does however offer comment about his absence from the fight poster.
"I still don't know why I'm not on the poster," he said.
"I'm not complaining or nothing – it's just, wait a minute, I'm third from the end and I don't get my little black monkey face on the poster? Just a little picture. Just on the corner or something."
So what does Hunt want?
"Of course, the long-term goal is to fight for the belt," Hunt said. "But it goes as always for me that I want big money. We've all got to eat. There's no questions on why I do it. I love fighting and everything, but we've all got to have a job. I'll fight as long as people employ me to do it."
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