In a somewhat surprising move the UFC are set to bring in veteran PRIDE and K-1 fighter Mark Hunt to fight in the undercard at UFC 119 in September.
Hunt will fight unbeaten 7-0 heavyweight prospect Sean McCorkle who also makes his UFC debut at the event in Indianapolis.
Bringing Hunt into the fold seems an odd move by the UFC given that the 36 year-old New-Zealander has an MMA record of just 5-6 and has lost his last five fights, though admittedly they were all against tough opposition in Josh Barnett, Fedor Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem, Melvin Manhoef and mostly recently Gegard Mousasi.
Hunt does have notable wins over Wanderlei Silva and Mirko Cro Cop, but both date back to the 2004-2005 period. His career as a kickboxer has been more successful, posting a 30-13 record, but he’s only fought once in the sport in the last seven years – a KO loss to Semmy Schilt.
By the time he steps into the octagon on September 25th it will have been 16 months since he last fought.
Update: Dana White has clarified the reasoning behind Hunt’s inclusion on the card despite his recent record.
“part of the pride deal we contractually owe him fights from our purchase of the company,” White wrote on his twitter account.