Every super hero has his weakness. For the UFC’s Super Samoan Mark Hunt fighting 7,200 feet above sea level in Mexico City at UFC 180 may be his Achilles heel. With just 21 days to prep for his title fight with Fabricio Werdum, Hunt gave some insights how to train for the elements.
Hunt spoke to Submission Radio (transcribed by Bloody Elbow) about his upcoming title fight on short notice.
“It’s 3000 feet up in the air and it’s not sea level. So it’s a different level and it’s pretty polluted over here in Mexico City, so you know training outdoors is not a good thing. We were training outdoors the other day and my throat was getting sore and my nose was getting sore. So the harder I worked out, the more sore I got because of the pollution. So yeah I had to go indoors, back to the air conditioning.
“It’s something you gotta work towards.”
Okay, nobody tell Hunt that Mexico City is actually over 7,000 feet above sea level. The air quality of Mexico could also play part in a battle between two grown men pushing the 265 pound weight limit.
“I had a couple of weeks in Denver we I fought a guy named Ben Rothwell. If I didn’t get those two weeks up there I would have lost the fight. So that was my first time at altitude, and Denver’s 5000 feet up. It’s not an easy feeling to fight at altitude because you never get your second wind. You need to spend like two months over there.”
Once again do not tweet at or mention to Hunt Facebook that Mexico City 2,000 feet higher above sea level than Denver. The win over Rothwell at UFC 135 helped spark Hunt to one of the greatest runs of his combat sport’s career. Now 10 days away from his first UFC title shot Hunt not only has worry about Werdum’s jiu-jitsu but also the fact that he is fighting in a mile and half worth of altitude.
Were human beings meant to fight that far above the oceans? Fortunately for Mark Hunt he punches with the strength of several orcas. Jiu-jitsu versus sea creature knockout power only at UFC 180.