UFC returns to Auckland on Sunday June 11.
The organization announced the comeback to New Zealand during the UFC 209: Woodley vs Thompson 2 last Saturday. The event is the first promotion in three years. The latest gala, UFC Fight Night: Te Huna vs. Marquardt, was held in June 2014. Although the fight card has not yet been revealed, New Zealand-born residing in Australia, Mark Hunt is announced as a perfect character to partake in the upcoming show at Vector Arena.
Hunt fought at UFC 209
“The Super Samoan” went up against Alistair Overeem of Holland in the rematch. He faced a devastating knockout defeat, knee to the head, in Round 3. After the fight, the K-1 kickboxing veteran has posted on Instagram that “the old warhorse is still alive”. He has also shared that he got a broken tibia. Nevertheless, in conclusion he stated “I [will] be back”.
On Wednesday, Joe Carr, senior vice president and head of international content at UFC appeared at the Radio Sport Breakfast. He said that if healthy, Hunt could partake in the event which would “be obviously a great outcome for both parties”.
“I think that’s the logical choice. To be honest, it sounds like it’s something he wants to do, assuming he’s healthy. It would be perfect for us to have him down there,” Carr said. In addition he advised that it sounded like all tests came back negative and Hunt might get a 45 day medical suspension due to injury.
In regards to the legal case of Mark Hunt with UFC, Dana White and Brock Lesnar, Carr said that “The Super Samoan” is “going to do what he’s going to do legally and that’s in the courts”. “As long as he wants to fight and it makes sense for us, I think he will continue fighting. It’s ultimately his choice but that’s something that Dana and the lawyers will deal with outside the octagon,” he concluded.
Mark Hunt is Big
When asked if Hunt still draws the crowd Carr said that “even his fight with Overeem was one of the most-hyped fights on that card.” He also added that people love watching him as well as his style and the knockouts.
“So he’s not only a huge draw in Australia or New Zealand but even globally for us, especially in Asia for his history in K-1. He is big.”
— FIGHTMAG (@fightmag) March 5, 2017