Behind the Gloves: Mark ‘Super Samoan’ Hunt

Kiwi combat sport legend, Mark ‘The Super Samoan’ Hunt, is a mixed martial artist, former kickboxer and winner of K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Final, who competed in the UFC from 2014-2018.

Best known for his knockout power and his iconic walk-offs, Mark Hunt has fought some of the best athletes in the sport, and since his last fight in December 2018, has been working on his gym franchise, wellness centres and other business ventures.

He took time out to answer some quick questions for NZF, about his career and his thoughts on combat sport.

1. Who or what motivated you to compete for the first time?

No one actually motivated me, just found my path in life didn’t realise it at the time.

2. What is the most rewarding part about being a combat sport athlete, for you?

The most rewarding was being able to change my path in life for the better.

3. Do you have any advice for someone considering taking up combat sport as a career?

Have at least 5 fights before you decide this, or even try chase this dream.

4. What are your thoughts on the effects of the global exposure of gyms like City Kickboxing and Resilience had on combat sport, in NZ and Australia?

It’s always a positive to see the gyms from down under doing well.

5. What will combat sport be like in the next 5 years?

Who knows these days, but hopefully the athletes who compete will be getting the right amount of money, not being exploited by grubby companies like the UFC.

A fighter who is the inspiration for many other athletes and fighters and has a good sense of humour to boot, you can also learn more about the fighter in his book “Born to Fight”, which recently celebrated its 5 year anniversary. To keep up with Mark Hunt, find out more about his gyms or train at them, and to catch him putting online trolls in their place, follow him; @markhuntfighter and @juggernautmarkhunt on Instagram and Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt on Facebook.

Written by Agent 33