Following his win over Roy Nelson at UFC Fight Night 52, Mark Hunt clearly isn’t interested in sitting back and enjoying the spoils of war, as the heavyweight is hoping to scrap again on November 7th.
What’s on November 7th? That’s the date the UFC is heading to Sydney, Australia for UFC Fight Night 55, and the New Zealand star is pretty keen about fighting on the card.
While speaking to the press after UFC FN 52 in Japan, here is some of what Hunt had to say about his goals and his short term future (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I want to move forward,” said Hunt, who is currently ranked #6 in the UFC’s heavyweight division. “I want to move up into the rankings. I want to get a title shot. My purpose is to fight for a title. Fighting someone outside of the top-10, it makes me go backwards.
“But hey, of course I would consider fighting someone outside of the top-10 if it was in Sydney. What’s up, boss?”
Of course, if Hunt’s willing to fight someone who’s not ranked in the top ten, then his chances of finding a suitable opponent are that much greater. Most of the top contenders are booked for fights or are injured, but Josh Barnett could be available….
Will the UFC do it though? Well, having Hunt on the card certainly would help move tickets, but finding someone on that short notice could be tough. Especially when you’re asking them to face a dude like Hunt, who certainly has the ability to make one’s evening rather short and painful. Stranger things have happened though…
With the victory, Hunt has gone 3-1-1 in his last 5 fights and is 5-1-1 since his loss to Sean McCorkle in 2010, which was the feared striker’s sixth in a row at that juncture. How things have changed.
UFC FN 55 will be hosted by the Allphones Arena in Sydney and will feature a middleweight bout between Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping.
Hector Lombard is also expected to fight on the November 7th card.