Mark Hunt agrees to ‘Battle of the Bulge’ vs. Roy Nelson
UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt, 40, has not fought since Dec of 2013, vs. Antonio Silva, in the one of the best fights in the sport's history. He spent the time since recovering from a broken hand he sustained in the fight and looking after his wife, who gave birth three weeks ago.
In an interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Hunt said he is ready to fight, and has already agreed to one, vs. Roy Nelson. Hunt had turned down an offered fight with Brendan Schaub, citing a number of factors.
“The hand is good, though. It's healed now, so I got cleared for the fighting,” said Hunt as transcribed by Luke Thomas for MMAFighting. “I'm really ready to get back on the grind. I got to spend a little time here with the family, to look after the kids and wife. As soon as she's ready for me to go, I'm going to get a bike and I'm out of here for training. So looking forward to get back to work.”
“I have said yes to that match (vs. Nelson). I'd love to fight in Japan against Roy. He's one of the top fighters in the world and we can battle it out somewhere down there. It'll be great.”
“I feel Roy's a lot better opponent than Brendan Schaub is. He's a better fighter and I want to fight the better guys. I love [the idea of fighting in Japan]. I love fighting in Japan. I fought there 70 times. It's like my second house.”
“He's got a bomb in that hand, Dan Henderson power. It's crazy.
“The question is: can he withstand mine? Honestly, the thing is we're both heavyweights, anything could happen to anyone. It's lights out. It's who lands it, who gets you.”
“'Battle of the Bulge', eh? That'd be great. Hopefully it happens. I already said yes for that, so we'll see what happens.”
Both Nelson and Hunt recently broke a hand.
Roy Nelson's break, from hitting Big Nog:
Mark Hunt's break, from hitting Bigfoot:
UFC Fight Night: Japan will take place on September 20, 2014, at the Saitama Super Arena, in Saitama, Japan.
Expect something to break.