by Adam Martin
Being on the wrong end of a spinning hook kick to the face sucks, and Mark Hunt knows that first hand.
The “Super Samoan” stood toe-to-toe with former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos in the co-main event of UFC 160 and it looked like Hunt was on his way to losing a competitive decision until dos Santos unleashed a vicious spinning hook kick with less than one minute left in the fight, a strike that knocked Hunt to the canvas where he was soon finished off with a brutal punch that bounced his head off the canvas like a basketball.
According to UFC president Dana White at the post-fight press conference, Hunt was transported to the hospital after the fight and he likely has a concussion, or at least a major headache, right now. As well, Hunt posted on Facebook just two days after the fight that he broke his toe during the first round of the fight so the 39-year-old is definitely on the mend at the moment.
But even though he’s one of the oldest fighters in the UFC and coming off a brutal KO loss, I don’t think Hunt should retire. I think there’s still a lot of big fights left for him, and I think the UFC will keep putting him in these big fights as long as he wants to keep fighting.
For his next fight, there are quite a few options for Hunt. One is Roy Nelson, who takes on Stipe Miocic at UFC 161. Nelson is just like Hunt — hard-headed and heavy-handed — and a fight between the two would likely be one of the most brutal slugfests the UFC could put together in any weight class. The fight sure sounds like the co-main event of a pay-per-view to me, or at least a main card bout on a PPV, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the UFC put it together later this year.
Another option for Hunt is a fight against Frank Mir, who recently lost to Daniel Cormier at UFC on FOX 7. Although Hunt’s ground game is his problem and Mir is a terrific ground fighter, it’s not easy to get Hunt to the ground and hold him there so I wouldn’t be surprised if Hunt was able to keep the fight on the feet and knock Mir out cold. Again, this sounds like a co-main event for a PPV card and I wouldn’t be surprised if the UFC decided to go this route with both fighters.
And one last fight that Hunt could potentially be involved in is a fight with Daniel Cormier. Yes, I know that Cormier is way higher up the ladder than Hunt right now but he also doesn’t have a fight and he wants to stay active. A fight between Cormier and Hunt would be terrific entertainment and although it might not make sense as far as the rankings are concerned, I still think it’d be a lot of fun.
Either way, Hunt is one of the most exciting heavyweights on the planet and he’ll have a job with the UFC for as long as he still has the desire to compete. And, even at 39, he’s given no inclination that he’s lost that.
What are your thoughts?