Former PRIDE and K-1 star Mark Hunt (6-7) will get a chance to string together consecutive wins for the first time in over five years when he takes on former IFL and Affliction stud Ben Rothwell (31-7) at the upcoming UFC 135 event scheduled for this Saturday night (Sept. 24, 2011) in Denver, Colorado.
Hunt snapped a six-fight losing streak at the expense of Chris Tuscherer's chin when he bent the "Crowbar" at UFC 127: "Penn vs. Fitch" back on Feb. 27 in Sydney, Australia. The win pulled him to an even 1-1 inside the Octagon following a debut loss to Sean McCorkle (armbar) at UFC 119: "Mir vs. Cro Cop" in Sept. 2010.
He may, at last, finally be a better fighter than a wooden chair (via The Roar):
"I think the lowest moment was every fight I was just losing and I just didn’t know what the hell was going on. I just couldn’t get it right. I didn’t know what it was. It was just a mental block. It didn’t matter who I fought, I would have just lost anyway. They could have put me in with a wooden chair and I still would have lost. It was just inside my mind and I had to break the cycle. I don’t think I’m sitting anywhere at the moment. I think a few more fights, three or four more fights for me to get into the picture at all. I don’t see myself anywhere in the heavyweight division, yet I still feel I’m the best on the planet of course or else I wouldn’t be doing it."
Can the "Super Samoan" keep the party going in the "Mile High City?"
His opponent may have something to say about that.
Rothwell was lit up by Cain Velasquez in the second round of their heavyweight tilt at UFC 104: "Machida vs. Shogun" back in October 2009. "Big Ben" was able to rebound from his lopsided debut loss to secure a three round unanimous decision win over Gilbert Yvel at UFC 115: "Liddell vs. Franklin" the following June.
Since then, the well-traveled veteran has been riding the bench after tearing up his knee but now looks ready to return to the cage this weekend.
But will it be his last hurrah?
Alright Maniacs, let's hear some predictions on the titanic tilt in the comments section below.