After suffering one of the worst defeats in his career against Stipe Miocic, Mark Hunt vows that things are going to be different, as he prepares to battle “Bigfoot” Silva for a second time.
Hunt took on Miocic this past May, and in his adopted nation of Australia, “The Super Samoan” was punished for much of the bout. Hunt showed a ton of grit and heart in the encounter, but finally in round five, the referee stopped the one sided fight.
It was a crushing loss for Hunt, as a win over Miocic, would have returned him to the title shot mix. The fearsome striker was coming off a stoppage loss to Fabricio Werdum heading into the bout, which at the time, was for the interim heavyweight belt.
Recently the 41 year-old star appeared on the “MMA Hour” to discuss his upcoming book, “Born to Fight”. While reflecting on his loss to Miocic, the New Zealand born fighter stated the following (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“It was really one-sided. It was all one-sided, actually,” Hunt said. “I just got totally hammered and it was hard to swallow because I thought, and I always think, that I’m better. I’m better than the fighter I’m fighting against. But not on that night. But you know, I’ve swallowed the pill and moved on.
“It made me never want to cut (weight) ever again in a fight, so that’s what I’m going to be doing,” Hunt added. “I’m never going to have to cut weight for any fight. It made me a lot more determined about my goals and coming back to the next person. It just made me a better [version of] myself. I’m just angry with myself for how I let that happen.”
It will be interesting to see how Hunt looks against Silva. Hunt has been written off in the past, so don’t be surprised if he comes out in much better shape and scores a big win. That said, Silva is coming off a pivotal and impressive victory over Soa Palelei.
It’s a huge fight for both guys, as Silva is 1-3-1 in his last 5 scraps, while Hunt is the same. The two battled before in 2013 and the instant classic was declared a majority draw.
UFC 193 will be hosted by the massive, Etihad Stadium on November 15th in Melbourne, Australia. In the main event, bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey will take on Holly Holm.