Mark ‘the Super Samoan’ Must Cut 20kg in 23 Days to Make Fight Weight

UFC light-heavyweight contender Mark ‘the Super Samoan’ Hunt needs to cut 20kg in 23 days to make weight for his showdown against Fabricio Werdum.

Mark Hunt. Image:

Mark Hunt. Image:

Hunt was relaxing after his stunning knockout victory over iron-chinned Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson when the surprise call-up came. Cain Velasquez, originally scheduled to fight Verdum, had injured his right knee – would Hunt like to step in?

Hunt accepted the fight, even though he hadn’t trained in 34 days.

“I’m focusing on losing weight,” he told MMAJunkie, “because there’s a bit to lose.

“I’ve put on 20 kilos and that’s easy to lose. But it’s not going to fall off.”

Even though Hunt believes he will have no problems cutting the required weight he still has issues over his fight fitness. On top of that, he faces a 16-hour flight to Mexico City where he will fight on November 15.

“Three weeks … that’s not enough time to go to another country and acclimatise for a fight. But I’ll deal with it how I deal with it: I’ll try my best and that’s all I can do, really.”

Fabricio Verdum: Image: Fabricio Werdum

Fabricio Verdum: Image: Fabricio Werdum

Hunt said he had no excuses for not making weight. If he thought otherwise he wouldn’t have accepted the fight.

In the face of all these challenges the Super Samoan this he still fancies his chances against the highly trained, experienced and powerful Verdum.

“I’ve been fighting for 24 years, and in two different sports. I won the K1 world title and now I’m fighting for another world title. I’m no strange to this sort of business.

“Verdum is one of the best fighters in the world. Everyone’s well versed in everything, but this is the division where you are going to get knocked out, so it doesn’t matter.”

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