UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt has spent about fifteen years at the top of the world’s “fight sports” scene.

First he made waves in K-1 during that kickboxing promotion’s golden era, winning its highest honor (the K-1 World Grand Prix) at the Tokyo Dome in 2001. In the years to come, he would headline events for PRIDE FC during the heyday of Japanese MMA, including wins over Mirko Cro Cop and Wanderlei Silva in the mid-2000’s.

Now at 41, he fights on in the UFC, which has reached untold levels of popularity worldwide. And despite a tough spell of late, he says there’s more to come, beginning with a rematch with Antonio Silva at UFC 193 in Australia.

Yesterday, the New Zealand-born Hunt, who has made his home in Australia for almost 20 years, spoke to Ariel Helwani about the fight, and a possible rematch with Fedor Emelianenko.

“You know me, I’m down to party anywhere,” Hunt said. “We can party anywhere, in your house, in Australia, anywhere.
“I never lose a rematch. I’ve never lost a rematch in my whole career. I want to party with all those guys again, so it’ll be good.”
In his last visit to the Octagon, Hunt was the victim of a one-sided beat-down at the hands of Stipe Miocic, leading to his second straight T/KO loss. But he says he’s got a new approach to his weight management and is determined to stay in contention.
“I need to win this fight,” Hunt said. “I need to win just to let people know that I’m still in contention here and not on my way out. I just don’t feel it was a good way to fight, the last one, so you know, I’m looking forward to getting the win, whether it be ‘Bigfoot’ or Fedor. Each one, I could party with.”