New Zealander Mark Hunt is probably the most unlikely mixed martial artist in history. Despite the fact he stands at five feet and 10 inches, he fights at heavyweight. Let's just say he's a little bit rotund. Just this weekend he knocked out Stefan Struve, a seven foot tall giant. The incredible photo above displays the punch that did it. That left hook broke Stefan Struve's jaw and put him out cold. As a fan of MMA I was aware of all this -- but I didn't know that Mark Hunt is also a fairly decent Street Fighter 2 player!
Mark Hunt fights out of Sydney, Australia and is actually one of the UFC's greatest stories in the making. His contract came part and parcel when the UFC acquired the Japanese promotion Pride. As a chubby kickboxer coming off multiple losses, the UFC wanted no part of Mark Hunt. They even offered to buy out his contract. In short the UFC would have preferred to pay him not to fight than feature him on any of their cards. He was a fighter famous for eating KFC, not the image they were looking for in a potential champion.
But now Mark Hunt is on a rare four win streak and is on the verge of a title shot. His monosyllabic interviews have become legendary. At the end of the month he turns 39 and this overweight, KFC loving, Street Fighting man could very soon be on top of the world.