Tuesday, December 12, 2017

UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt has been cleared to fight by MDs after some worrying comments about mental deterioration after a lifetime of fighting. In an exclusive interview with Brendan Bradford for Australia’s Sporting News, Hunt explained who he wants to fight next, and when, and where.

Hunt fought Fabricio Werdum on under a month’s notice at altitude in Mexico City in 2014, initially shining, but eventually falling to a flying knee. He wants a rematch.

“Hopefully I get a fight in Perth – we’re waiting for Werdum to say yes, but he’s such a little chicken rat,” said Hunt. “I’d like to be on the undercard for that world title fight for Rob Whittaker. That would be awesome being a part of history right there in Perth.”

“I don’t know why Werdum doesn’t want to party. We asked to do Japan, we asked to do Sydney and he said no. Then the next minute gets the fight against Tybura. He said ‘no’ to me, but ‘yes’ to Tybura, the little rat.”

“He knows he’ll get knocked out. That’s the only reason I can think why [he won’t fight again]. He got me in Mexico, but I sure as hell doubt it’ll go the same way the next time we fight. Three and a half weeks’ notice and 21 kilograms later … I was schooling that punk-ass too. He got lucky with that knee.”

Hunt has three fights left on his contract and is 43 years old. He aims for one last title run.

“I don’t want to sit around forever,” he said. “I need a top guy, I need to get back to work. This is my last shot at getting the strap.

“Hopefully they’ll give me someone in the top 10 – someone above me – and all I can see is that Werdum is the only one available. I don’t know what’s happening with Cain – he hasn’t fought in forever. Alistair is still looking for his soul somewhere after getting upper-cutted out of the universe, and Ngannou’s got the title shot.

“If I can get over Werdum, I should be next in line to fight the champ. I could be champ by next year. Now it’s just about getting Werdum to say yes.”

So with a yes, Hunto fights Fabricio at FC 221: Whittaker vs. Rockhold on February 11, 2018 at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia. Hunt’s already in training