MMAFighting.com is reporting that the UFC has acquired two new heavyweights in K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 winner and PRIDE FC veteran Mark Hunt and undefeated Sean McCorkle; reports also have these two men squaring off at UFC 119, likely somewhere on the preliminary card. UFC 119 has yet to be officially announced but is rumored to take place at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 25th.
Mark Hunt, known for his kickboxing prowess and granite chin, entered into MMA in 2004 on the strength of his career in the K-1 kickboxing league. His MMA career has mostly been spent competing in the now-defunct PRIDE Fighting Championships where he went 5-3; rebounding from a loss to Hidehiko Yoshida in his first MMA fight by winning five straight against Dan Bobish, Wanderlei Silva (controversially), Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Yosuke Nishijima and Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, Unfortunately for Hunt, his last two PRIDE fights did not end in his favor; both were submission losses, one to Josh Barnett and one Fedor Emelianenko, respectively. Combined with his last three fights (a submission loss to current Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem under the DREAM banner, a knockout loss to middleweight bruiser Melvin Manhoef at Dynamite!! 2008, and a submission loss to former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi agiain under the DREAM fight promotion) that makes Hunt 0-5 in his last five appearances in MMA competition. Despite the fact that his losses all came to top-tier opposition, Hunt has much to prove in his UFC debut.
Newcomer Sean McCorkle has earned his 7-0 undefeated record mostly in the Legends of Fighting promotion (he made one appearance at King of the Cage in 2006). Training out of C-4 MMA, McCorkle holds four TKO wins, two submissions and one decision on his record. He should have his hands full with the gritty veteran Hunt come September 25th.
Also rumored for the UFC 119 card is a rematch between heavyweights Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira and Frank Mir and a light heavyweight matchup pitting “Big Nog’s” twin brother Antonio Rogerio Nogueira against tough wrestler Ryan “Darth” Bader.