Hunt: I will KO Bigfoot in the first round
UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt recently spoke with Submission Radio on the heels of UFC 193 being announced at Etihad Stadium, with Hunt vs. Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva in the co-main. The pair fought in what was widely hailed as the best heavyweight fight in UFC history. The judges called a draw, but Silva failed a PED test, and it was changed to a No Contest.
“I haven’t been chasing [the rematch]. I get told the fights that I’m gonna fight and that’s it. So I mean, it’s a rematch. I mean I’ve never lost a rematch and it’s one of those… it’s gonna be an exciting fight, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Hunt was asked about how he felt with Silva tested positive for an elevated level of testosterone, due to improperly following then legal Testosterone Replacement Therapy guidelines.
“Well I was disappointed,” he said. “But you know, I think everyone’s gonna try and get ahead somehow. I for one ain’t cheating or anything like that, but it is what it is. It’s the past and you just move on.”
“Well I don’t think that’s an accident. I think, you know, trying to get the advantage is always the case in this sport. Look at some of the top biking…that bike riding guy [Lance Armstrong]. He lied for years about taking steroids. But everyone's different. The way I see it, everyone is trying to get ahead somehow, so yeah it’s just the way it is. But yeah, I mean like I said, move on. The past is [the] past.”
“I can’t control on what they can do. You know, I can only control what I do. So what happens when they get caught for cheating or whatever it is, then it mars their career and their life, their fighting existence, whatever they have done – like I said before in some other interviews, whatever they have done has been questioned. So if you’ve been taking steroids and cheating, you know, whether you’ve been a world champion or not, or who knows if you were cheating while you became the world champion? So it just questions everything you’ve done actually. So why would you want to risk that?”
“It takes a lot to break me, but I broke my hand on his head. So I don’t know. I mean I don’t know what kind of advantages it gives you. I have no idea. I'm not a doctor.”
“It’s a three-round fight I think this one, and I don’t think it’s going to go three rounds at all. And I already I started my pre-training way before, to help with Soa’s camp, and I’m just back home now. So I’m gonna be getting into my training and starting my camp in the next couple of weeks, three weeks. So I’ll be in tip-top shape, and I won’t make the mistake I did last time. I was up having to cut weight. So I’ll be fine.”
“It will end pretty quickly, I say.”
“It’s a bit of redemption (for teammate Soa Palelei's loss to Silva). It’s time to [get a] bit of revenge actually. But it will be good though. I mean I was disappointed that Soa lost that fight, and he had that one….he had the first round, you know. I was just disappointed. Anyway, but it will be good to get some revenge.”
Hunt recently posted an image on Facebook from AKA Thailand showing he is already is solid shape.
“Well yeah well it was photoshopped,” said Hunt, laughing. “Nah I’m just kidding. We're just concentrating on weights and building a strong base. I’m about 131 kilograms (288 pounds) at the moment, but I feel pretty good. I had a few injuries with infections over there because of the dirty water and stuff like that. So I’m in good shape for camp, so it’s gonna be good. I’ll probably come in hopefully at about 115 kilograms (254 pounds) without a weight cut. So it’s going to be great.”
Hunt, now 41, fought Fedor Emelianenko way back at Pride FC – Shockwave 2006, and reflected on the return of The Last Emperor.
“That’s great, man,” he said. “I mean, it’s a long time. I don’t know why he retired. I mean everyone has their reasons, but that’s a long time coming. He’s one of the greatest fighters of all time. I was hopefully looking forward to welcoming him back as a rematch. I was hoping it'd be with me in Melbourne somewhere, but I guess not. We'll see what happens. It’s good that Fedor’s back in the fighting circles, and especially with the UFC. I mean that’s where the best players are right now and that’s where the party's at (laughs). (sings) “UFC is where the party's at.”
“Well I never ask [for specific opponents] unless it’s some freakin' guy talking rubbish, but I never ask for that person. But it was just a thought. When I heard he was coming back, I was like 'oh maybe I can welcome him to the UFC in Melbourne'. Who knows?”
And Hunt was asked about his recent remarks on Facebook about wanting to become a vegan after watching a video of animal cruelty.
“Well Vegan’s a hard one,” he said. “You know, I just posted up what I wanna do. I mean vegetarian is probably more to ease my way into being a vegan. Being a fighter you gotta find some different ways of energy sources, but a few people have reached out to me. A 300 pound vegan NFL player from the States reached out to me, showing me all the different ways. Actually a lot of vegetarians and vegans have reached out to show me different ways you can eat and different things. So I appreciate all the help with that.
“But I don’t think I’ll go full vegan till after my career is done. So vegetarian I’d say. I’ll try taking in the good food probably. Yeah. But it’s hard to try and go [completely vegan] but I mean it’s not hard after watching those kind of videos. It’s just really sad.”
“I’ll be trying to. Yeah, to trying to. It's not an easy thing to do. But like I said, I gotta still fight. You know, fighting’s like a… I mean being a meat-eater, you gotta be like a carnivore. I mean it’s gotta have something to do with fighting. I mean I said when I finish my career as a fighter, then I’ll go for vegan straight away without eating any animal products. So it’s a process.”
Prediction on Bigfoot fight:
“First round by knockout. First round.”