Having haven’t fought professionally since 2018, Mark Hunt might be looking to make his return to combat sports. It will not be in an MMA cage, however.
Hunt (13-14-1 1 NC) told Australia’s 2GB Radio that he is ready to compete in a boxing ring. MMA Fighting also reported the return of Hunt. His opponent would be someone he has been attempting to face for a while in Australian rugby star Paul Gallen. The two were reportedly set to fight in March before the coronavirus pandemic postponed all combat sports.
“So it’s looking promising, it’s looking like it’s going to happen,” Hunt stated, via Bad Left Hook. “October 31st is the date that has been set. The venue I’m not sure of yet. It could be NSW somewhere, hopefully Queensland, possibly even New Zealand.”
The 46-year-old Hunt has had a long combat sports career, dating back to 1998. Born in New Zealand, Hunt made a name for himself as a kickboxer, where he fought for K-1 and won the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix as well as the 2000 K-1 Oceania Grand Prix. In 1999 he won the WKBF Australian Super Heavyweight Championship.
Hunt made a late MMA run starting in 2004, competing for PRIDE. He would debut for the UFC and beat fighters like Ben Rothwell, Cheick Kongo, Roy Nelson, Frank Mir, and Derrick Lewis. Overall, Hunt was 8-8-1 with one no-contest, losing his last three fights, the last one in 2018 against Justin Willis. He was involved in a lengthy court fight with the UFC, accusing them of covering up Brock Lesnar’s doping violation. Losing to Lesnar at UFC 200, the fight was ruled a no-contest after Lesnar tested positive for clomiphene.
Still believing Lesnar was doping when plans had for Lesnar to return to the octagon a few years later, part of Hunt’s lawsuit was dismissed. He is currently appealing a federal lawsuit against the UFC.
The 38-year-old Gallen has been playing rugby since 2001. He has a 9-0-1 record, competing in the ring since 2014. Back in November was his last fight, fighting Barry Hall to a majority decision draw. Gallen was one of the names offered to face Mike Tyson in his return fight.
Hunt hasn’t fought in a boxing ring since 2000. He is 0-1-1 in the sport, his last fight a draw against Joe Askew.