Mark Hunt: 'If it wasn't for fighting, I'd probably be in jail'

UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt is a combat sports legend. From K-1 to Pride to the UFC, he has thrilled fans with brutal knockouts and his iron chin for over 13 years. After Pride went under, UFC president Dana White offered to pay out his contract without having to compete in the octagon. Hunt wasn't having any of that though. After a quick submission loss, Hunt has racked up three straight wins over increasingly tough competition and is in contention in the UFC heavyweight division.

In the above video from Fuel TV Australia, the Super Samoan talks about how he got his nickname, what he likes most about fighting, where he'd be if he didn't end up in combat sports, how he feels when a fight is over, and a whole lot more. Most of it is pretty funny, due to Hunt's candor and sense of humor. If you don't want to watch the video, here's a brief summary of some of the best parts. You really should watch it though, it's only 2:30 or your life and you won't regret it.

What's the best part of fighting?

"Just...the fighting. I hate training. Training I hate. Fighting I like.

Where would he be without combat sports?

"If I wasn't a fighter, I'd probably be in jail. I say like I said before, fighting saved my life. As a kid I was always doing stupid things, but combat sports, martial arts...saved me. When everyone else didn't believe in me, it was just me that believed in myself. But fighting, it saved me from that chip on the shoulder. It took that chip away. I didn't have to prove anything."

On his gameplan:

"Gameplan? I have a gameplan, I have a great gameplan. My gameplan is just to knock his head off. (laughs) That's the gameplan. (laughs). No, I don't have a gameplan, I don't have any strategies. I just try to make myself better. So, the better I am at fighting, the more he's gonna get hurt."

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