Mark Hunt signs four-fight contract, debut against Sean McCorkle set for UFC 119


If a picture really is worth a thousand words, then this expression may sum up fan reaction to a puzzling addition to the UFC roster.

Five straight losses will not stop former Pride FC fan favorite, Mark Hunt, from making his Octagon debut against undefeated Sean McCorkle at UFC 119, which is scheduled for the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Sept. 25, according to

Hunt, who has tipped the scales well over 300 pounds during his heyday competing in Japan, will have to shed quite a few pounds (if he hasn't already) to make the 265-pound heavyweight division limit.

The granite-chinned New Zealander was last seen at Dream 9 in May 2009, getting submitted (armbar) by a much smaller Gegard Mousasi in the first round of the "Super Hulk" tournament. Prior to that, the former K-1 kickboxing standout was finished by the heavy-handed (and again much smaller) Melvin Manhoef in the first round of the year-end "Dynamite!!" show in 2008.

Hunt is perhaps best known for notable wins over stars such as Mirko Cro Cop and Wanderlei Silva, as well as nearly finishing Fedor Emelianenko with a submission (Americana) of all things. He went on to eventually lose to "The Last Emperor" via kimura shortly after the wily Russian escaped.

He'll certainly need to be on his toes inside the Octagon, otherwise he can expect to add more losses to his already lopsided mixed martial arts record.

McCorkle, too, will be making his promotional debut in the "Circle City." He's a local prospect who has competed primarily under the "Legends of Fighting" banner. He most recently defeated Jonathan Ivey vie second round technical knockout (strikes) back in May.

He turned pro about five years ago and only has six fights under his belt, meaning that he fights relatively infrequently ... just like his upcoming opponent.

Should be interesting.

UFC 119 will feature a rematch between former heavyweight champions, Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, in the main event of the evening. Light heavyweights Antonio Rogerio Noguiera and Ryan Bader are so to throw leather in the co-featured fight of the night.

For more on the upcoming UFC 119 event click here.

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