Samoan UFC heavyweight star Mark Hunt laced his gloves for the last time in UFC today as he took on Justin Willis at the Adelaide Entertainment Center in Adelaide, Australia.
Today was Hunt’s last fight under his UFC contract and he ended his eight-year run in the biggest Mixed Martial Arts promotional company in the world. However, he didn’t get the result he quite wanted as he ended up losing his heavyweight division bout to American Justin Willis by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 142.
None-the-less he had a great career in the UFC and he has fought everyone and known for not ducking anyone inside the Octagon. Although he has not retired from the world of Mixed Martial Arts as Hunt made it clear at the post-fight presser, telling fans that he’ll see them “somewhere else” going forward.
Mark Hunt looked good in the fights round as he landed some hard low kicks and nice punches. But Justin Willis managed to turn the tide in round two, showcasing a lightning quick left jab that left Hunt frustrated. The third round started out in the similar fashion as Willis continued popping his jabs and frustrated Hunt all night long.
Hunt said he was proud of what he had achieved in his UFC career.
“The UFC is the number one organisation for mixed martial arts at the moment so I’m just glad that I’ve been competing at my age,” he said before the fight.
“I came in a long time ago. I was 16 years old in my first fight as a Muay Thai fighter, now I’m 44. I’ve been contracted for 23 years in professional fighting so I must be pretty good at it. I’m proud of that.”
Twitter poured their farewell and reacted to his loss in his final fight in the UFC.
A legend. A man who has inspired and lead the Anzac takeover and held the torch for years.
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) December 2, 2018
— The Mane Event™ (@EliasTheodorou) December 2, 2018
IMO Hunt deserved a better fight for his retirement fight than someone just moving away from him and jabbing him. #UFCAdalaide
— Siyar The Great (@Siyarized) December 2, 2018
I don’t think Hunt cares for this anymore #UFCAdelaide
— Jared Gordon (@JFlashGordonMMA) December 2, 2018
Not a good night for the boys in Adelaide 😔
Chin up fellas, I have no doubt they'll be back. Fighting at the highest level despite the short amount of time they've been in this sport and taking on legends who have been fighting since 02/06, so much respect 🙏🏻#UFCAdelaide
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) December 2, 2018
— bjpenndotcom (@bjpenndotcom) December 2, 2018
— Nick Kalikas (@FightOdds) December 2, 2018
Mark Hunt being lead out by a rendition of “Tika Tonu” while Samoan flags fly in the background was the highlight of my day. In many cases, the haka is the ultimate acknowledgement of respect. I couldn’t think of a more fitting farewell for a pioneer in Aotearoa combat sports. ❤️ https://t.co/XpYll0o4HX
— Jordan Patu. (@Jordan_Patu) December 2, 2018
— Corey Bigbie (@BigbieMusic) December 2, 2018
On another note if that really was the last time the Super Samoan Mark Hunt steps foot in an octagon he’s had an incredible career which has been entertaining throughout, well done sir @markhunt1974 #UFCAdelaide
— James Sweetnam (@JamesSweetnam99) December 2, 2018
Tai Tuivasa called out "little b*tch" Justin Willis, who just beat his boy Mark Hunt. Can't recall a loser calling someone out in that situation. Love it. Makes you forget about what just happened a lot quicker. #UFCAdelaide
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) December 2, 2018
"I apologise for the performance today. Thank you for the support from everyone from Australia and New Zealand."
— ESPN Australia & NZ (@ESPNAusNZ) December 2, 2018
“It’ll see you somewhere else.” Mark Hunt came into the UFC saying very little and he leaves doing the same. Cool of Willis, who won via decision, to give him the floor.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 2, 2018
Really great gesture from Justin Willis giving Mark Hunt the mic. #UFCAdelaide
— Alex Scaffidi (@alexscaffidi_) December 2, 2018
By giving the microphone to Mark Hunt, Justin Willis just made me a fan for life. #UFCAdelaide
— John Chandler (@johnchandlerIII) December 2, 2018
Mark Hunt played it safe so he could fight on NYE, guys. #RIZIN14
— Mike Skytte (@MikeLovesTacosX) December 2, 2018
Mark Hunt didn't have it tonight. Basically walked into Justin Willis punches with no gameplan or purpose. Landed eight punches in the final 10 minutes. That was not pleasant to watch.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) December 2, 2018
Disappointing end to Mark Hunt's UFC career. He was either injured or just frustrated with his opponent. But Willis should take this. 29-28 Willis. #UFCAdelaide
— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) December 2, 2018
Man, Adrien Broner really let himself go. I think Mark Hunt is gonna catch him. #UFC
— MMA Roasted (@MMARoasted) December 2, 2018
Can't say that was the fight I was hoping to see. But you're fighting Mark Hunt, so yeah, I get it. Still, though.
— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) December 2, 2018