White: ‘I love Mark Hunt’

UFC president Dana White has said that he would love nothing more than for Mark Hunt to end his career in the UFC.

White had plans to make Hunt retire when his previous contract expired in early 2016, but instead, he gave him a new contract for six more fights as the Auckland native has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division.

With Hunt having stayed loyal to the UFC throughout the years, even after White revealed that he once tried to give ‘Super Samoan’ $400,000 to quit, the UFC president is repaying the faith Hunt has shown him and the promotion.

“Listen, until the day that guy doesn’t want to throw a punch anymore, he’s with me,” White told Round 6. “I love Mark Hunt. And I’ve told him that. When we were talking through his latest contract I said, ‘Mark I love yah and I want you to end your career with me. I want you to be here for the rest of your career’.”

When asked if Hunt’s age would hinder his chances of being able to see out the remainder of his contract, White said: “I used to think it did. But when you look at what he’s accomplished between our last deal and this one … no, age is not a factor with Mark Hunt.”

Hunt’s next assignment will be a fight against Brock Lesnar at UFC 200 on July 9 and White revealed that the heavyweight fighter is bringing a large number of family members with him for the event in Las Vegas.

“Let’s just say all the extras Mark wants prove how much I really want him to retire with me,” White said. “He’s definitely a special individual when it comes to doing a deal. But I love the f***ing guy and was willing to do whatever it took.

“I love his style, I love his toughness and I really love his f***ing walk-off knockouts. I love everything about him.”