Mark Hunt Calls Out Fabricio Werdum
UFC heavyweight fan favourite Mark Hunt has put another a former opponent on notice, asking for a match to take place on the UFC’s upcoming Sydney card in November. Hunt is currently coming off of a TKO victory over up and coming heavyweight Derrick Lewis, who he smashed to pieces across four rounds at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Lewis in Auckland back in June of 2017. The bout earner Hunt his third “Fight of the Night” bonus and silenced critics who believed he may have been contemplating retirement.
The forty three-year-old has made a habit of winding back the clock, fighting both Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Dutch knockout artist Alistair Overeem twice across his storied career. While he may have taken home a loss for each bout with Overeem, Hunt was able to TKO Silva at UFC 193 in Melbourne after the two engaged in one of the bloodiest wars to ever grace the Octagon back at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot in late 2013.
The two heavyweights went to battle across five action packed rounds before the fight was officially declared a majority draw by the judges. Hunt would then TKO Silva in the much-anticipated rematch, before going on to knock out Frank Mir in the first round of their fight in Brisbane in early 2016.
Hunt is now looking to take on another popular heavyweight opponent in Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum. A post on Hunt’s Facebook page called out Werdum and took a shot at Alistair Overeem for good measure. Hunt and Werdum faced off at UFC 180 in November of 2014, with Hunt being able to drop his Brazilian opponent to the canvas early on. Despite being dropped by thunderous punches early on, Werdum was able to win via TKO in the second round to become the UFC’s interim heavyweight champion.
Werdum went on to unify the heavyweight championship when he submitted the returning champion, Cain Velasquez, via guillotine choke in the third round of their title fight in Mexico City, Mexico. He would then lose the strap to current champion Stipe Miocic, who was able to knock out the champion early in the first round. Werdum has alternated losses since then, winning a unanimous decision over Travis Browne before being edged out by Alistair Overeem in a majority decision at UFC 213.
With the heavyweight landscape currently in a small state of limbo, while Stipe Miocic prepares to be given another opponent, it seems like the time might be right to give fans of Hunt another chance at seeing him snatch victory from the ever-wily Fabricio Werdum. Do you think he can get the job done? Let us know in the comments!