Mark Hunt is a legend in the world of mixed martial arts. Fighting in Japan back in the Pride Fighting Championship days, the "Super Samoan" faced off against nearly every big name in the promotion before its acquisition into the UFC.
When the UFC purchased the promotion, Hunt was on a seemingly downward spiral, losing his last five fights all by stoppage. His career looked to be dead in the water, and the UFC viewed the heavyweight fighter as surplus to requirements as they sought to shake up the roster.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Dana White revealed just how much the UFC were willing to pay Mark Hunt, just to make him leave and move on to the next chapter of his life.
Hunt had other ideas...
“So we thought 400 grand was enough to make him go away,’’ White laughs. “But you all know what happened, Mark refused. He told me something like ‘no way, f … that shit. I love fighting, it’s who I am’.
The figure gets even more ludicrous when you take into account that by staying, Hunt was earning $6,000 less per fight than he was with Pride. Thankfully, Hunt was able to turn his career around and the decision proved financially fruitful. To date, the 41 year old veteran has made an incredible $275,000 in fight-night bonus money alone. Combined with his pay from the promotion, the New Zealander's bank account is in a much healthier condition now than it would of been had he left.
The Super Samoan also has the opportunity to earn another fight-night bonus, as he headlines UFC Brisbane against Frank Mir. Taking place March 19, UFC Fight Night will also see the return of Hector Lombard to the octagon as he takes on Neil Magny in a welterweight bout.
Live on Fox Sports 1, the main event looks to set to be a war. Expect this fight to not go the distance...