Mark Hunt Inks New Fight Deal, Reportedly Worth Millions
MMA Junkie – At 42, heavyweight slugger Mark Hunt has inked a new multi-fight deal with the UFC.
The new contract was announced on Wednesday’s new edition of FOX Sports 1’s “UFC Tonight.” Specific terms of the agreement were not revealed.
However, New Zealand’s Stuff.co.nz reported the deal is for six fights over 30 months and is of the “multi-million dollar” variety and will make the Kiwi one of the nation’s “highest-earning athletes.”
Hunt (12-10-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC) told Stuff.co.nz that he’s happy with the new deal but told UFC President Dana White financial reward isn’t his only goal for the moment.
“It’s not about the money,” Hunt said. “Of course I had to get paid for my work, but I want that title. Dana gave me a message, and we talked about it. There were some back-and-forth negotiations.
“I think I still deserve a title shot, and in the end, I thought six fights should do it. I’m glad to finish my career at the top end with the UFC. I want to bring the gold Down Under.”
I love seeing the older guys finally get paid what they are worth. Hunt has been a beast for years and I am glad he hung around long enough to get his bank account Roy Nelsoned. That is a synonym for fat. I could see Mark making a title run because when you have dynamite in your hands anything can happen. This is the type of guy that playfully punches your arm and it falls off. There is nothing gentle about his aura. He was created to fight, he is built to fight and he loves to fight. If that doesn’t scream UFC Heavyweight Champion, I don’t know what does. I can’t see a lot of fighters wanting to step up and risk their brain cells going against him. It may be safer to bump heads with a ram.