Meanwhile in the world of Mark Hunt not only did the Super Samoan try to fight Jon Jones at UFC 197 but more excerpts from his book were leaked over the weekend. Mark Hunt doing Mark Hunt things is good for the business of Mark Hunt. The MMA world has seen Hunt punch people in the face since 2004 and though we may never get the image of Hunt walkoff KO-ing Bones, but we will stop and listen to all of his old road stories.
Courtesy of Reddit and poster tranypanda we get the tale of Hunt and possibly some shady (slim possibility) Pride business dealings. Pride dimly lit hotel room payouts never die.
“I was getting a little run together in Pride, feeling like myself again. I was regaining faith in my hands and my ability to drop whomever they put in front of me.
Unbeknown to me, when I’d fought Mirko I was in a title eliminator. Whoever took that fight was to be fighting Fedor for the Pride belt. After the Nishijima fight I was called to a hotel suite, and when I saw the Russian champ coming out of the room as I was about to go in, I started to glean what was going on. I had a little chit-chat with Fedor in the hallway and asked him what they had for me.
He shrugged and said, ‘They had this for me,’ nodding to his bag.”
Fedor walking out of hotel room holding a sack of cash with a big “$” sign written on it is the most Japanese MMA thing ever. Hunt continued.
“When I got into the room I found Sakakibara-san, a few guys who looked like muscle and a Korean guy who acted like he was in charge. Also in the room was a table struggling under the weight of many giant piles of crisp currency, stacked neatly.
‘How are you, Mark?’ Sakakibara-san asked.
‘I’d be doing better if I had some of that,’ I said, pointing to the table.”
Mark Hunt walkoff contract negotiator. Please, tell us more Hunto.
“Do you want some? Would you like us to pay you in cash? We can if you like, Mark.’
No shit. They could have paid me for my next ten fights and it wouldn’t have made a dent in that pile. I declined, though. The Russians all liked to be paid in cash but I figured it would be a pain trying to explain to Aussie Customs why I was bringing a big bag of foreign currency home.
In that hotel room I got a little preview of the future downfall of Pride, but at the time I didn’t concern myself with any of the organization’s shady, behind-the-scenes dealings. I only concerned myself with the guy in front of me, and in that hotel suite they told me that soon the guy in front of me was going to be exactly the right bloke – the world’s biggest badass. Well, second biggest anyway…”
Bow down to Mark Hunt when he comes to your town. Even in written form Mark Hunt will leave fans with the perfect mic drop/walkoff moment. Sit by the fire and grab Hunt’s book “Born To Fight’ here