Mark Hunt believes he is still on the cusp of being a title contender in the UFC’s heavyweight division. And Hunt went a long way in proving that point Saturday from Japan at UFC Fight Night 52.
“The Super Samoan” scored a second round knockout over Roy Nelson, becoming the first fighter inside the Octagon to finish “Big Country.”
After a loss to Junior dos Santos and a draw with Antonio Silva last year, Hunt (10-8-1) believes he is right in the thick of things in the UFC’s biggest division. But, if he can’t get a Top-10 opponent, he wants a bout in familiar surroundings.
“I want to get a title shot,” Hunt said after the bout (thanks to MMAjunkie.com for the quotes). “My purpose is to fight for a title. If I’m fighting someone outside the Top-10, it makes me go backwards.
“But, of course I’ll consider fighting someone outside the Top-10 if it’s in Sydney (Australia), but it’s up to the boss.”
The UFC is scheduled to head to Australia in November with a card in Sydney – which is where the New Zealand-native currently trains.
Hunt also addressed the rumors that he was almost 20 pounds over the day of weigh-ins for the fight, answering “Uh, no. I don’t know where they got those rumors from. I didn’t have to cut 19 pounds. I think I had to cut eight or nine.”