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3/15/13 10:26 PM
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On Thursday, UFC President Dana White revealed just how close Hunt was to not even being in the UFC, let alone one more big win away from a shot at a belt. Hunt took the fight with Dos Santos only after White assured him that things he was upset about would be fixed.

Chief among those things? That the UFC didn't want to give him fights, but instead was willing to pay him the money owed him on his contract to just walk away.

"He felt very disrespected and felt like he never really belonged here," White said. "He had a losing record in PRIDE and we didn't want to bring him into the UFC, so we said, 'We'll pay you the money and you can ride off into the sunset and do your thing.' And he was like, 'F--- that. I want to be paid to fight.' First of all, a losing record, his age, the guy hadn't fought in a long time. It just made no sense to bring the guy in."

But Hunt stood his ground.

"He fought it and fought it and fought it, and finally we said, 'Fine. You wanna earn the money and fight for the money, come on in,'" White recalled.

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3/15/13 10:32 PM
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Awesome, Hunt getting the respect he deserves.
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If Hunt manages to win his next fight and get the title shot...It will be one of the greatest stories in MMA History.


If he actually wins the title, fuggedaboutit. Phone Post
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I was thinking about this when the JDS fight was announced. I remember after PRIDE got bought up the UFC had the rights to his contract or whatever, and for a few years there everyone was wondering where he was (kind of like Arona).

And I was surprised to see him finally get a fight, years after the buyout. If I said I'd seen him rising to contendership, I'd be lying. Phone Post
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Sounds right. Thanks! War Mark!!!!!

 

 

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Love it!
3/15/13 11:07 PM
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Im so happy he is doing well.
They didn't even want the guy and he has since flattened some decent opponents.
Dude never shows up to cuddle and has shown little regard for his own personal safety. What more can u ask for?

War mark Phone Post
3/15/13 11:10 PM
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Mark is a motherfucking Boss.

Long term fan.  Major respect.

His match with JDS completely overshadows the actual Main Event.

3/15/13 11:44 PM
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And he lost his first fight too!

If the UFC cut him after that you couldn't really argue that it wasn't fair but thankfully they gave him a 2nd chance.

It would probably be one of the greatest moments in the history of the UFC if he wins the title. Real life Rocky type shit!

I live in Auckland now and I heard he's starting his camp here. I'd hate to be a complete faggott and go to the gym where he trains just to meet him, but how many times in your life do u get a chance to meet a living legend and possibly hold his balls?

(No homo. Just admiration for big Samoan balls) Phone Post
3/15/13 11:54 PM
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If Hunt somehow gets past JDS the hunt supporters on here would lose their fucking minds. And as one of those supporters I will be right there amongt them. WAR HUNTO! 

3/16/13 12:18 AM
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Mark is a motherfucking Boss.

Long term fan.  Major respect.

His match with JDS completely overshadows the actual Main Event.


This
3/16/13 12:33 AM
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redplayer50 - hmm

fighting for money or riding off into the sunset

sounds pretty badass either way honestly

a win win situation

work hard for a living/live off govt assistance... also win/win?
3/16/13 12:54 AM
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i really wonder what it was the UFC did to piss him off. I mean stuffing his whole crew into one hotel room sucks i understand, but turning down one of the biggest fights of the year? was it all about respect? was it money?
3/16/13 12:58 AM
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redplayer50 - hmm

fighting for money or riding off into the sunset

sounds pretty badass either way honestly

a win win situation
I think guys in his situation would have just taken the money Phone Post
3/16/13 1:17 AM
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Hocky Balboa -  If Hunt manages to win his next fight and get the title shot...It will be one of the greatest stories in MMA History.


If he actually wins the title, fuggedaboutit. Phone Post

this

 

VTFU

3/16/13 1:50 AM
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That's some Rocky Balboa shit right there. He has to win the title now. It's destiny.
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nice, good to hear dana stepped up too

3/16/13 2:09 AM
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Hocky Balboa - If Hunt manages to win his next fight and get the title shot...It will be one of the greatest stories in MMA History.


If he actually wins the title, fuggedaboutit. Phone Post
So motherhunting THIS!


who could possibly hate this idea?

Commies, puppy kickers, & 12ers.... that's who. Phone Post
3/16/13 3:17 PM
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Hunt was one of the most entertaining guys in K1, and Pride. He use to goad people into these wars of attrition ,and seige. No holds barred, compliance to zero defense...in fact he use to create these wars where he'd present his head to the other guy to hit. Then dare the other guy to do the same.He did this with tons of guys including Ray Sefo. He and Ray Sefo loved to KO people. It was KO, or be KO'd with those guys, and Jerome Lebanner. The more spectacular the KO the better. Number one was a one punch KO that stiffed the other guy. then there was ..like a 2 or 3 or 4 punch beatdown KO. Then finally the KO that was built up over minutes or rounds of thrashing and hurting the other guy til he can't get up anymore. Hunt just obviously has to cut down on the Rice, and carbs. He has to make sure he has lots of wind which somehow he usually finds in some of these wars. He's old school loves fighting, doesn't duck anyone, anytime.. anywhere...Mano a mano, unless you bring more..in which case he's still be game..I think. Scary dude.
3/16/13 3:28 PM
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Hunt & Diaz are my two fav fighters right now!
3/16/13 3:31 PM
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Loved watching Mark fight since his early K-1 Days.  He took and gave some vicious beatings in kickboxing.  The Sefo fight is a classic, must see fight for fans.  He got plunger raped by that Middle Eastern kickboxer though.  (Not Abidi).

I have always liked guys like Hunt and Diaz (in the ring / cage).  They bring it EVERY time.  Win or lose, they are out there winging it and forcing the action.  I remember Hunt literally chasing Cro Cop around the ring with a look of disgust like "Where the FUCK are you going!?!"

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impressive move by hunt

if my boss offered to pay me not to work, i'd take it

hunt really likes fighting

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Loved watching Mark fight since his early K-1 Days.  He took and gave some vicious beatings in kickboxing.  The Sefo fight is a classic, must see fight for fans.  He got plunger raped by that Middle Eastern kickboxer though.  (Not Abidi).

I have always liked guys like Hunt and Diaz (in the ring / cage).  They bring it EVERY time.  Win or lose, they are out there winging it and forcing the action.  I remember Hunt literally chasing Cro Cop around the ring with a look of disgust like "Where the FUCK are you going!?!"


WAas it this fight?

http://message.axkickboxing.com/images/user_uploaded/Paul/markhunt.jpg

(blue namer pretty please)

Hunt is the man I can remember when CroCop came out in Pride to fight him again and was wearing wrestling shoes!!!lol Hunts head is that hard!!

A true competitor and it warms the heart to see him doing so well in Today's UFC landscape.

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