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Mark Richard Hunt  born 23 March is a New Zealand mixed martial artist and former kickboxer of Samoan descent,  currently living in Sydney, Australia.
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He is known as "King of Walk-Offs" due to his popularization of the technique of walking away and stopping attacks before the referee officially ends the match. Hunt was born in South Auckland , into a large Samoan family, and was a troubled child eventually leading to two jail terms for violent offending. In the beginning of his career, Hunt was used by the promoters as a stepping stone for their up-and-coming fighters, taking up fights at short notice, until Tarik Solak promoted K-1 Oceania tournament in February With a record of , 3 KO's Hunt entered his first K-1 tournament as a heavy underdog.
After this he was invited to Japan for K-1 qualifications.
In , Hunt returned to K-1 by winning the K-1 Oceania tournament for the second consecutive year. After that he took part of K-1 World GP in Melbourne, where he beat Japanese boxer Hiromi Amada, before suffering a close unanimous decision loss to reigning champion Ernesto Hoost. However, because of his exciting fighting style Hunt was granted a wildcard spot in the repercharge tournament for the K-1 World GP Finals, when Mirko Cro Cop had to pull out due to injury.
He was drawn against Ray Sefo, who won the bout by outpointing Hunt.
After the fight however, Sefo suffered an eye injury and was not able to continue, allowing Hunt to proceed in his place. Hunt won the rematch by knocking out Le Banner in the second round and advanced himself onto the semi-finals facing Stefan Leko. Hunt knocked down Leko two times in the first round and went on to win the fight by unanimous decision. The stage was set for the final battle against Brazilian Kyokushin karate champion Francisco Filho.
In , Hunt went to Paris to fight Le Banner again for the third time what turned out to be one of the biggest battles in K-1 history. Le Banner, fighting in front of his hometown audience, knocked down Hunt in the second round but was in turn knocked down himself a few seconds later.
In the final moments of the round, Hunt was knocked down for the second time again by the powerful Frenchman. In between rounds the towel was thrown in as Hunt could not continue. In quarter finals, entering the third round and behind on all scorecards, Mark was able to connect with a right cross that knocked out Stefan Leko and advanced him to the semi-finals against his career long nemesis Jerome Le Banner. Despite knocking down the Frenchman at the end of the third round, Hunt lost the fight by decision.
It would to be his last K-1 World Grand Prix appearance. Hunt lost the fight at the end of the first round by spinning back kick to the body. Silva, renowned for his brutal punching and Muay Thai clinch game, was neutralized by the hard-hitting Samoan and knocked down several times in the fight. Hunt was immediately taken down by Barnett and ultimately lost to a kimura submission roughly two and a half minutes into the first round.
Hunt controlled Emelianenko most of the fight and even effectively countered an armbar early in the bout. Hunt's greatest chance of winning came when he was able to put Emelianenko in an americana.
Unfortunately for Hunt, Emelianenko was able to fight through it and submit Hunt with a kimura. Hunt was set to fight Jerome Le Banner at Dynamite!!
Despite the fact that he had a substantial weight advantage over Manhoef, he was knocked out in 18 seconds in the first round. This marked the first time he had been stopped by knockout due to punches to the head.
He lost by submission in the first round.
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. Hunt followed this performance via unanimous decision 29—28, 29—27, and 30—27 win over Ben Rothwell at UFC on 24 September In turn, the bout is still a "draw" on Hunt's official record, while in Silva's case it was overturned to a no-contest.
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On 5 August , Hunt posted cryptic tweets about becoming unemployed, which Dana White immediately denied. Despite talks about the contract done after previous dispute being Hunt's last, on 14 April it was published that Hunt had signed new six-fight, multi-million contract with UFC.
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He won by TKO in the fourth round. It was announced that Hunt has cleared to fight in December  after went through some medical tests in Las Vegas which was arranged by UFC.
Hunt had his first professional wrestling appearance on 25 November for Japanese promotion Hustle. After Kintaman gained control of him, Hunt knocked out both C and Achichi and allowed the Hustle Army to win the match.
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Hunt returned to the promotion on 21 February , coming to the ring to save Monster Bono from a beating by Tiger Jeet Singh and his allies of the Takada Monster Army. Hunt and Bono teamed up at the next event on 24 February, marking Hunt's first and last professional wrestling match.
Hunt is known as a brawler   and prefers to fight standing up. Hunt holds a KO victory over Roy Nelson , who is cited as having one of the most durable chins in combat sports. Hunt is known for having a strong chin.
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Hunt fought Cro Cop a second time in Pride Shockwave and won by decision, again absorbing a headkick during the bout. Hunt was cast in a small role in the Australian film Crazy Murder , released in Hunt was born a Mormon , but is now a born-again Christian. The first two children from his first marriage are already adults.
In August , Hunt became a vegan after viewing undercover video footage of the insides of a factory farm. On his Facebook page, where he posted the video, he captioned, "I'm going vegan, hate this".
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