“If I’d trained as hard as some of the guys out here, I probably wouldn’t be sitting here right now. I’d be at a different level of fighting. I just used up my time. I squandered it… I never had to make weight before. I never gave a damn what I ate. I’ve already stopped eating KFC, chocolate, that stuff. I’ve got a personal trainer, never had one of them before. I’m not a big person, I’m only 5-foot-10 or something… It’s been two or three years of bad training for me. Not my training partners, but how hard I trained. I’m looking to go overseas to train for the first time, to really get some good training partners. If I do things like I should do them, it shouldn’t matter who I’m facing, ever… It is what it is now. I wish I could change the way I did things now, but I’m here for a reason. For me now, I know this is my last chance. I won a K-1 world title, then I fought MMA. I wanted to win, but I didn’t have that drive to be a champion. I feel like now, I really want to be an MMA champion.”
—Mark Hunt talking to Sherdog.com about making the best of his opportunity to fight in the UFC
Hunt wouldn’t say how his unexpected contract with the UFC came about (Dana says its related to the PRIDE purchase), nor would he say many fights he signed for, but he realizes he may only get one chance to prove himself in the Octagon. He seems committed to making the changes in his diet and training to make a career resurgence, but after 10+ years of bad training habits, that may be easier said than done.
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