There aren’t many fighters on the UFC roster today with more of a history in Japan than Mark Hunt. The man they call the “Super Samoan” has been a star for almost 15 years, earning accolades like the K-1 World Grand Prix Finals back in 2001.
Tonight, Mark Hunt made the most of his 12th trip to Saitama Super Arena at UFC Fight Night in Japan, delighting the crowd tonight with another “walk-off” knockout.
The end was sudden. Hunt recovered from a Nelson takedown early in the second round to flatten Nelson with an uppercut. There was no follow up from Hunt as the referee quickly stepped in to halt the action.
Hunt and Nelson, both ranked among the UFC’s top ten heavyweights, battled in a competitive round one. Hunt, of Australia but born in New Zealand, landed punches aggressively along with some hard leg kicks, avoiding Nelson’s takedowns and feared overhand right. But as the round went on, Nelson landed more often, including leg kicks of his own — leading commentator Brian Stann to score the stanza for the American.
In his post-fight interview, Hunt wished his daughter a happy birthday and expressed gratitude to fans. For his next bout, he expressed interest in rematching one of his old foes, but he didn’t specify further.
Hunt advances to 10-8-1 in his mixed martial arts career, after a successful career in kickboxing. Nelson falls to 20-10.
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