Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight bruiser, Mark Hunt, is tired of being treated like shit as an independent contractor signed to the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion.
That’s why “Super Samoan” plans to run out his current UFC contract -- in which he has three fights remaining — then dash off to the “Land of the Rising Sun,” where Hunt (13-11, 1 NC) rose to prominence for PRIDE and K-1.
From his conversation with Submission Radio:
“Three fights left, this will be one of them, I got two left and then see you later. That will be the end of my career in the UFC. I have two fights left and that’s it. You probably know the path I’ve had with the UFC, but you know, it’s business. I haven’t done nothing wrong, I just don’t like to be treated like shit – even if I’m an employee or whatever and I speak my mind about it and, you know, I’ll go from there. So like I said, three fights left and I’ll move on. I’m looking at going and fighting global fights for New Zealand, Australia and probably Japan. It depends on what happens. Like I said, I’m still chasing the dream of that world title.”
At 43-years old, the aging slugger doesn’t have much time to get it done.
Hunt has not been on the best of terms with UFC, particularly promotion president Dana White. After filing suit against the organization (for this), the “Super Samoan” was temporarily benched over concerns for his health.
The New Zelander returns to action at UFC 221 in Perth (more on that here).