It’s the end of an era for a name synonymous with Australian and New Zealand MMA.
Speaking at the UFC Adelaide open workouts, heavyweight veteran Mark Hunt confirmed this weekend would be the final time we see him compete in the Octagon (via Submission Radio).
Hunt will face Justin Willis in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 142 at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre this Sunday, December 1.
After a brief workout, the “Super Samoan” was in good spirits when he addressed the Aussie crowd.
“The last time I was here–you know, I still hold the record for the most punches to the head,” he said with a laugh. “I know it shouldn’t be something I’d be proud of but it was a hard lesson. Hopefully it’s gonna be different this weekend. I’ve come ready, I’ve come ready to blaze this weekend. Gotta get that W, man.”
Hunt, 44, also spoke about what it meant to be sharing the experience with his close friends and training partners Tyson Pedro and Tai Tuivasa who will also compete at UFC Adelaide.
“It’s history. You’ve got the first indigenous [UFC fighter] in Australia here fighting so let’s support him. I think it’s great news and the new generation of fighters coming through, so it’s up to these guys now. So I think it’s great news. Good times for Oceania. Good times for Australia and New Zealand.”
Hunt (13-13-1, 1NC) will look to break a two-fight skid after falling short against Alexey Oleynik and Curtis Blaydes this year. Prior to those fights, he defeated the most recent title challenger Derrick Lewis via TKO.
Although this weekend will be his last fight on his UFC contract, Hunt hasn’t ruled out the possibility of fighting on with other promotions and even in other disciplines.
Speaking with The Courier Mail, Hunt said, “I think I’ve got five more fights in me before I hang up the gloves and retire.”
From his signature ‘walk-off KO’ victories to one of the greatest fights of all time with Antonio Silva, the “Super Samoan” will undoubtedly remain a cherished piece of MMA history for years to come.