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Coming off back-to-back knockouts, Mark Hunt wants ‘top-five’ opponent next

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Mark Hunt is 41 years young and still going strong. The “Super Samoan” proved once again why he is the walk-off king Saturday at UFC Fight Night 85, downing Frank Mir with a super missile of a right hand before casually strolling away with nary a glance back to see if Mir was still conscious.

Now, with back-to-back first-round knockouts under his belt, Hunt is ready to scale back into the upper echelon of the UFC heavyweight ranks. And as long as his next opponent is ranked atop the division, Hunt isn’t going to discriminate.

“Any of them is fine,” Hunt said Monday on The MMA Hour. “Any of the top-five guys would be fine.”

With all eight UFC heavyweights ranked above him currently booked, Hunt may be forced to wait if his hope is too land a top-level opponent.

The good news, though, is that after a seemingly endless gridlock at the top, the UFC heavyweight division is ready to burst with matchmaking potential once UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum puts his belt on the line against Stipe Miocic on May 14.

By that time, two pivotal contender bouts will be settled, as Ben Rothwell and Junior dos Santos are slated to meet April 10 in Croatia, while Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski are expected to collide one month later in the Netherlands. The leftover winners and losers of those fights would provide plenty of options for Hunt to score a big-time match-up at UFC 200.

Such an outcome would be just fine with Hunt, although he is also a willing dance partner in case anything comes up in the meantime.

“If someone pulls out, I’d rather fight sooner,” Hunt said. “So if someone pulls out, I’m your man. Give me a call.”

In many ways, Hunt (12-10-1) continues ….View full article

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