Mark Hunt has left the UFC following defeat to Justin Willis at Fight Night 142 in Adelaide with the Samoan’s contract expiring.
Hunt (13-14-1 MMA, 8-8-1 UFC) has ended his near decade-long affiliation with the UFC in disappointing fashion after a unanimous decision loss to Willis.
Following the fight, Hunt said to the Australian crowd in attendance:
“Hi guys, I’m sorry about that performance I’ll see you somewhere else”
Hunt’s intentions of leaving the UFC have been no secret with the fighter regularly clashing with UFC president Dana White so it was no surprise that Hunt confirmed that the six-fight deal he signed in 2016 would be his last.
Well loved for his knockout walkaways, his tattoos and balls to the wall fighting style, UFC fans and fighters alike have paid tribute to the man from down under.
— BJ Penn (@bjpenndotcom) December 2, 2018
Mark Hunt tells the fans, after being given the microphone by Justin Willis, “I’ll see you somewhere else.” More than likely done in the UFC. #UFCAdelaide
— Adam LeBarr (@thefightersblog) December 2, 2018
Mark Hunt being lead out by a rendition of “Tika Tonu” while Samoan flags fly in the background was the highlight of my day. In many cases, the haka is the ultimate acknowledgement of respect. I couldn’t think of a more fitting farewell for a pioneer in Aotearoa combat sports. https://t.co/XpYll0o4HX
— Jordan Patu (@Jordan_Patu) December 2, 2018
Hunt is by no means done in MMA if his post-fight interview is to be believed. A move to ONE Championship – who have recently signed Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson as well as much of the flyweight division – could be likely. There is, of course, Bellator, yet the heavyweight is likely to take the rest of the year off before deciding his next step.