Mark Hunt is a well-known kickboxer, mixed martial artist, and an international wrestler. He is popularly known as the “King of Walk-Offs” for his signature way of walking away before the referee declares the game’s end and him as the winner. He has won many championships of which the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix is the most worthy of mention. He ranks as #8 in the official UFC heavyweight list. To find out more about the career, achievements and net worth of Mark Hunt in 2018, keep reading.
Early Life & Biography
The official name of Hunt is Mark Richard Hunt who was born in 1974 on 23rd March. He was born and brought up in South Auckland of New Zealand and thus a New Zealander by nationality and Samoan by ethnicity. He has always been a troubled child in his big Samoan family and was jailed twice for violence.
His career as a wrestler was not a plan in the beginning, but he was guided by a bouncer named Sam Marsters, of a nightclub showed him the path. His first win was the Muay Thai kickboxing match that inspired him to be where he is now. That same year he shifted to Sydney, Australia for his training with Alex Tui. Then after some more years passed he went to Hape Ngaranoa in Liverpool for training and thus settled there. Kickboxing was the first stepping stone into his career.
He is married twice. From his first unsuccessful marriage he had two children, and then he remarried Julie, his present wife and they had four children.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Starting as a kickboxer, he won the title of K-1 Oceania numerous times from 2000. He is known to defeat champions like Aumitagi, Rony Sefo, and Phil Fagan. Eventually, Mark decided to shift to the mixed martial arts and played for Japan’s PRIDE Fighting Championship and fought and won against champions like Roy Nelson, Ben Rothwell, Chieck Kongo, etc.
In 2010 Hunt was transferred to the Ultimate Fighting Championship as a part of his PRIDE championship. UFC gave him more and more options to fight and show the world his capacity. His article was published as “If I Die Fighting, That’s Fine” which caused a lot of problems between him and the UFC. Hunt also has recorded as a professional wrestling champion.
His first appearance as a professional wrestler was on 25th November 2007 for ‘Hustle,’ a Japanese promotion. His first and last professional wrestling match was marked on the 24th of February, 2008 where he teamed up with Bono against Tiger Jeet Singh and Commander An Jo. They won the game.
Net Worth & Earnings
Hunt’s net worth is around $1 million, and most of it is from his martial arts and wrestling career. He also appeared in “Crazy Murder” an Australian movie and “The Art of Fighting” which is a documentary based on his life.
Mark Hunt is an example to us that sometimes not having a plan is okay, as time and your choice of opportunities take you to your rightful place.