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Mark Hunt: It Was MMA Or Jail

Mark Hunt has been taking part in combat sports for close to 15 years. He started his kickboxing career in 1999 and later MMA in 2004. If it wasn’t for that career path, Hunt knows his future would have landed him behind bars.

“If I wasn’t a fighter, I’d probably be in jail,” said Hunt on FUEL TV AUS. “Fighting saved my life. As a kid I was always doing stupid things but, combat sports, martial arts saved me.”

After Hunt was involved in a brawl outside of a nightclub during his youth, a bouncer named Sam Marsters saw his potential and started training him. The rest is history.

Hunt started his MMA career out of PRIDE and took part in a heavyweight title shot for them, but was unsuccessful. A few years later he landed a spot on the UFC roster where he sits at 3-1 for them.

This weekend, Hunt returns inside the Octagon to take on Stefan Struve. They were supposed to meet in May before Hunt went down with an injury 10 days before their scheduled fight. Struve comes in with four recent stoppages and three honors along the way.

The fight is set as the co-main event of UFC on FUEL TV this Sunday, March 3. It marks the UFC’s return to Japan and comes from the Saitama Super Arena.