Trying to explain the unexplainable is tough. The story of Mark Hunt’s ascension in the UFC heavyweight division and his incredible career turnaround could only be attributed to the paranormal.

Hunt is certainly something out of The X-Files. He is a fighter who came back from the brink of being cut and finding his career dead in the water, to becoming one of the top heavyweights the UFC has in its stable.

Hunt was on a six-fight losing streak headed into UFC 127 with most of his losses coming against names like Fedor Emelianenko, Josh Barnett, Alistair Overeem and Gegard Mousasi. That is essentially a list that reads like a who’s who of the best MMA fighters in the world at those particular moments in time.

Now Hunt is here, preparing to fight the former heavyweight champion in the co-main event of UFC 160 with everything to gain and nothing to lose. In fact, out of all the fighters on this card, no one has more to gain than Hunt.

Hunt asked for this fight and his fans also jumped on the bandwagon by creating the hashtag #RallyforMarkHunt on Twitter. Hunt is coming off two big wins against Cheick Kongo and Stefan Struve, but neither of those victories resonates like a win over Junior dos Santos. Neither of those wins can hold a candle to what will follow for Hunt if he does the unthinkable and upsets the favored Brazilian former champ and spoils his title shot.

Seriously, how crazy would a victory over dos Santos be? Just think about the implications this has for an extraordinary career comeback.

Title contention status is certainly on the line for a fighter that, just two and a half years ago, was on the chopping block. At that time, many fans were left scratching their heads as to why Hunt was still around despite a six-fight losing streak.

Fast forward to the present day, and the former K-1 champion is just a couple fights removed from a title shot. A win over dos Santos gives Hunt all the credibility of a top heavyweight and brings him over that hump he has yet to pass—a win over a top-five heavyweight. Hunt has fallen short the last few times he has been in a similar predicament, losing to Barnett and Emelianenko, but the “Super Samoan” has pulled off the unthinkable before. In the span of a year in 2004 and 2005, he notched major upsets over Pride legends Wanderlei Silva and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.

Hunt, who now holds a career mark of 9-7, is riding a four-fight winning streak, and that fifth win in a row would be even sweeter for Hunt. A victory over dos Santos does a lot for a fighter that was pretty much left for dead just a short time ago. If dos Santos does lose to Hunt, and Hunt then earns another win and a title shot, who could have seen that coming?

Certainly nobody, not even Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

Photo: Mark Hunt (L) (Taro Irei/Sherdog)

About The Author

Sal DeRose
Staff Writer

Sal hails from New Jersey and is currently training for his first MMA fight. He hopes to use his knowledge and insight to generate articles that interest and entertain you. Outside of MMA, Sal is a big fan of every other sport. He's a diehard New York sports fan, with the exception of cheering for the Packers.