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UFC 209: ‘Old war horse’ Mark Hunt suffers broken tibia during knockout loss to Alistair Overeem (Updated)

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It wasn’t a great night for Mark Hunt at last night’s (March 4, 2017) UFC 209 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Las Vegas, Nevada.

If getting knocked out in the third and final round via a devastating knee to the face wasn’t bad enough to ruin his night (see it again here), “Super Samoan” revealed after the bout via Instagram that he suffered a broke tibia during the Heavyweight contest.

Check it out:

Indeed, Hunt’s shin could be seen bleeding after the first round, but the hard-hitting brawler fought through the pain up until “The Reem” cleaned his clock.

Perhaps just as interesting in Hunt’s message was his proclamation of “I be back,” suggesting that the longtime veteran isn’t planning on riding off into the sunset anytime soon. It’s an interesting tidbit, seeing as how Mark wasn’t too thrilled about fighting “The Reem” or fighting for UFC again, saying that he was practically forced to take the fight.

Indeed, Hunt hasn’t been on the best of terms with the promotion since losing to Brock Lesnar as UFC 200 last year due to the fact that Brock failed his post-fight drug test after the contest. And the rest, as they say, is history.

If Hunt does return to the Octagon, it will be a while, as a broken tibia could take some time to properly heal.

UPDATE: According to Ariel Helwani, Hunt did not suffer a broken tibia as originally feared and is now out of the hospital:

For complete results from UFC 209: “Woodley vs. Thompson 2,” including play-by-play updates, click here and here.

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