MARK “THE SUPER SAMOAN” HUNT
Juggernaut by Mark Hunt
Juggernaut was the name of Marks first gym in Sydney & the name has stuck with him ever since. Juggernaut (unstoppable, ever moving forward) is the perfect description of Marks fighting style so when it came to naming his brand there was no doubt what the name would be. Mark has personally put in a lot of work to bring this brand to life by surrounding himself with good people with sound industry knowledge, sourcing quality merchandise & making sure all customers are given first class treatment. Mark is the Director of Juggernaut & is actively involved in its growth and success, so when you buy a Juggernaut product you are not just supporting the brand but also the man himself.
Date of Birth:
Mark Hunt was born on March 23, 1974 in South Auckland, New Zealand.
Martial Arts Background:
Most people go to bars for a drink and to socialize. In addition, most who get into fights outside of a nightclub end up in trouble or worse. In the case of Hunt, his fighting career was actually born outside of a nightclub when he impressed a bouncer named Sam Marsters during an altercation. Marsters then invited Hunt to his gym to begin formally training. He started his training there and continued it with Alex Tui after moving to Sydney, Australia. Eventually, Hunt landed at Liverpool Kickboxing Gym under Hape Ngaranoa.
Hunt made his professional kickboxing debut in 1999, defeating Chris Chrispoulides in Sydney, Australia by decision. Along the way during a rather illustrious career, Hunt defeated the likes of Jerome Le Banner and Stefan Leko. He was known for an outstanding jaw, only losing twice by (T)KO against the likes of Jerome Le Banner (rematch) and Semmy Schilt. Through 2008, Hunt achieved a record of 30-13 as a kickboxer.
Hunt was transferred to the UFC as part of their acquisition of Pride Fighting Championships. The UFC offered to pay up Hunt’s contract but Hunt elected to fight instead. Hunt made his UFC debut on 25 September 2010 at UFC 119 against fellow UFC newcomer and undefeated prospect Sean McCorkle. Hunt trained with American Top Team for the fight. Photos that had emerged on the internet had shown that Hunt had lost a considerable amount of weight in comparison to that of his Pride days. He was defeated via Submission (straight armbar) at 1:03 of the first round. Hunt’s next fight in the UFC was against Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 127 on 27 Feb. in Sydney, Australia. Hunt defeated Tuchscherer in the second round via KO, earning Knockout of the Night. Also snapping a six fight losing streak. Hunt followed this performance with a decision win over Ben Rothwell at UFC 135 on 24 September 2011. Hunt next faced Cheick Kongo on 26 February 2012 at UFC 144. Hunt won the fight via TKO due to punches, at 2:11 of the first round. Hunt was expected face Stefan Struve on 26 May 2012 at UFC 146. However, he pulled out of the bout due to injury ten days prior to the event.
The bout with Struve was rescheduled for 3 March 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8. Hunt defeated Struve via third round TKO, after dropping him to the floor by a huge left hook that also broke Struve’s jaw, earning Knockout of the Night honors. Hunt faced Junior dos Santos on 25 May 2013 at UFC 160, replacing an injured Alistair Overeem. Hunt lost the fight via knockout in the third round in a bout that earned both participants Fight of the Night honors. Afterwards, some major MMA media outlets was considering this to be the best fight in the history of the UFC heavyweight division. Hunt faced Antonio Silva in the main event on 7 December 2013 at UFC Fight Night 33. The fight went to a decision, with one judge scoring it 48-47 for Hunt while the other two had the scores even, 47-47, resulting in a majority draw. Post-fight, Dana White stated that the bout won Fight of the Night and, despite the draw result, both men would receive their win bonuses. The bout with Silva was called one of the best in heavyweight history. In addition to winning a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, Hunt won an extra $50,000 bonus originally meant for Silva due to Silva failing his post fight drug test, giving Hunt total of $100,000 from the Fight of the Night bonus award. For Hunt, the bout is still a “draw” on his official record, while in Silva’s case it was overturned to a no-contest.
Hunt is known for sheer power, technical boxing prowess, and a great jaw. His ground skills are ever improving and have been since his UFC debut. That said, he is a striker through and through.