Hunt: I’m the fittest I’ve ever been

Mark Hunt has revealed that he is in the best shape he has ever been in ahead of his fight with Antonio Silva at UFC 193 in Melbourne on Sunday. 

Hunt, whose last meeting with Silva at UFC Fight Night 33 in December 2013 ended as a draw, recently underwent a gruelling eight-week training camp at the AKA camp in Phuket, during which he went from a weight of 142kg to the UFC heavyweight limit of 120kg. 

"I feel great. I'm the fittest I've ever been," Hunt told the Courier Mail. "I'm not far from fighting weight, so there's no cut. I'm pretty stoked about where I'm at with the fight. I'm feeling really positive. I'm keen to go to work."

During his last fight against Stipe Miocic at UFC Fight Night 65 in May, Hunt revealed that he had to lose 10kg on weigh-in day and said that he was pummeled as a result. Miocic set a UFC record by striking Hunt 361 times before the referee finally ended the bout in the fifth round. 

It was after his battering at the hands of Miocic that Hunt decided to implement some drastic all-round changes. 

"That took it out of me, I didn't recover properly and as a fighter, you're body is a machine and if you don't fuel it right, it doesn't work," Hunt said. "I've been coasting my whole career as a fighter and that fight with Stipe really woke me up.

"To be a fighter at this level, you need to be better. Stipe said 'you can't hang around at the top with us guys unless you do something'. I've had to change everything and that's why I'm in the best shape."

With Hunt already within the weight limit, he insisted that he will have no excuses if he loses to Silva on Sunday. 

"Now, I'm right on schedule for the weight cut and I'm in a position where I don't have to worry about it," he said. "Every fighter knows about saunas, hot suits and salt baths and it takes a toll on you physically and mentally.

"I've done about five weight cuts in my career — and they've all been in the UFC — so this time I won't have to make a cut. There's no excuses for this one."