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Fighter on Fighter: Breaking down UFC Fight Night 85’s Mark Hunt

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MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst — and aspiring professional fighter — Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC Fight Night 85 headliner Mark Hunt, who looks to extend his win streak this Saturday (March 19, 2016) inside Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

Former K-1 Grand Prix champion, Mark Hunt, is set to battle with former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight kingpin, Frank Mir, this Saturday (March 19, 2016) inside Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

His recent record may not be pretty, but Hunt has proven himself to be one of the best Heavyweights in the world. The striking specialist has grown tremendously over the recent years, which primed him for his late career revival that allowed him to challenge for the title in 2014.

However, Hunt’s future is unclear. He followed up that title loss with a disappointing showing opposite Stipe Miocic — who is at least a top contender — before getting back in shape and knocking out Antonio Silva in quick fashion. Now, Hunt will look to make another run toward the top.

Let’s take a look at the “Super Samoan’s” skills in depth:


Much of Hunt’s career renaissance has been thanks to his development as a striker in addition to fixing up his grappling game. Early on, Hunt was a brick-chinned brawler, and while that power and toughness still remains, Hunt is now a far more patient and tactical fighter.

Inside UFC, Hunt has largely operated as a counter striker, which has a few benefits. For one, Hunt’s shorter reach is less of an issue, as one of the best ways to overcome a reach advantage is to force the longer man to reach. Plus, counter striking allows Hunt to stay tight defensively, both in terms of avoiding the takedown and his opponent’s punches.

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