Mark Hunt gets farewell UFC fight in Adelaide

Mark Hunt

The lead-horse is set to get his UFC swansong down-under.

Mark Hunt will have his final UFC encounter in December after it was confirmed by ESPN that he is set to fight rising contender Justin Willis.  The card which is set to take place in Adelaide will be headlined by Tai Tuivasa and Junior Dos Santos.

Justin Willis has also confirmed the fight announcement via Instagram

 Hunt (13-13-1) only fought less than 2 weeks ago at UFC Moscow where he suffered a disappointing first-round submission loss to Aleksei Oleinik.  This fight was Hunt’s second defeat of the year after he also lost at UFC Perth to rising star Curtis Blaydes.  The ‘Super Samoan’s’ last victory in the octagon came against Derrick Lewis in June 2017.

At 31-years-old Willis (7-1) is a rising contender in the UFC heavyweight division. While he lost his professional debut in 2012, he has not lost a bout since and has picked up seven straight wins with four of these coming by TKO. His last performance in the Octagon saw him earn a decision win over Chase Sherman in April.

With just 1 fight left on his UFC contract, it looks set to be the last time Hunt makes the walk to the famous Octagon.  Always an entertainer, this fight is expected to be no different and fans can expect him to go out with a bang as he faces another dangerous opponent.

ESPN has also reported that a light-heavyweight matchup between Australian Tyson Pedro and UFC legend Mauricio Rua is also in the works for UFC Adelaide.  This fight has yet to be confirmed.

UFC Adelaide fight card takes place on December 2nd at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Announced fights so far:

Heavyweight: Junior Dos Santos vs. Tai Tuivasa

Heavyweight: Mark Hunt vs. Justin Willis

Light Heavyweight: Jim Crute vs. Paul Craig

Flyweight: Ben Nguyen vs. Wilson Reis

Flyweight: Kai Kara-France vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian

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Nollaig Kelly is a keen MMA enthusiast who began watching Martial arts from a young age.  He has practiced Karate and boxing and currently trains at the UFC gym in Sydney.  He has been writing sports articles for almost 10 years.  Nollaig is a graduate of Dublin city university where he studied English literature and Irish history.  Nollaig is originally from Ireland but has been living in Sydney for over 10 years.