Mark ‘Super Samoan’ Hunt will return to the octagon on March 4 at UFC 209 inside the T-Mobile Arena, as the heavyweight announced on Facebook hours ago that he will indeed face Alistair Overeem in his UFC return bout.
Mark Hunt hasn’t competed since his unanimous decision loss at UFC 200 to Brock Lesnar — a loss that was later changed to a ‘no contest’ after it was revealed Lesnar’s pre-fight drug test revealed clomiphene was in the former champion’s system. Hunt then threatened to never return to the UFC if the company didn’t take further action against PED users in the future, telling the AP in 2016:
“Make them banned for five or 10 years. There goes your career. Five, 10 years, you have no career left and not only that, you lose all of your money. You’re done as a fighter. That’ll stop you from doing it. That’s what I want to see done. I won’t be part of a company who says ‘we don’t mind you cheating or doing this or that,’ otherwise then every monkey will be [cheating].”
Alistair Overeem was suspended himself for nine-months back in 2012 after a Nevada State Athletic Commission drug test revealed a 14:1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio — over double the allowed 6-to-1 T/E limit.
The scheduled UFC 209 heavyweight bout is a rematch from their first 2008 encounter as Mark Hunt looks to avenge his 2008 submission loss to ‘The Reem.’ The ‘Super Samoan’ lost the Dream 5 heavyweight fight after just over a minute in the opening round via keylock:
Can Mark Hunt win the 13th fight of his 24-fight mixed martial arts career and avenge his loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 209 on March 4?