Mark Hunt faced the biggest (lol get it?) challenge of his career on Saturday night in Japan as he took on the 6-foot, 11-and-a-half-inch Stefan Struve. Hunt and Struve traded punches and positions until Hunt finally dropped Struve in the third round for a spectacular walk-off knockout. Hunt cracked Struve’s jaw.
@StefanStruve: Thanks for the support everybody, I wanted Herb to take the tooth out of my cheek and continue but then it turned out my jaw was broken..
Hunt is a bad man. He started out his career 5-1 before dropping 6-straight fights to guys like Fedor, Josh Barnett and Alistair Overeem. Hunt was 5-6 when the UFC brought him in to face 6′ 7″ Sean McCorkle in 2010. The UFC said they had a contractual obligation to give Hunt a single fight. Two and a half years later, Hunt has put together 4 straight victories inside the Octagon. He is dangerously close to becoming a “contender.”
As for Struve, the broken jaw should get him an extended break from fighting. Before getting clobbered by Hunt, Struve had won 4 straight and racked up a 9-4 record in his UFC career at just 25-years old. However you feel about Struve’s dreams of being a champion, he is arguably the most exciting fighter in the UFC. Just one of his 13 UFC fights have gone to a decision. He has won 3 submission of the night awards, 1 knockout of the night award and 1 fight of the night award. And in 3 of his 4 losses, Struve has been on the recieving end of the knockout of the night.
Oh… and by the way… Wanderlei Silva knocked out Brian Stann to end one of the wildest fights you will ever see. Watching Brian Stann fight like that reminded me of part of the Starsky & Hutch movie where Ben Stiller unknowingly takes all the cocaine in his coffee and then he just wants to go dancing. Both Stann and Starsky ended up getting put to sleep.
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