Mark Hunt fought an amazing toe-to-toe battle with former professional boxer Yousuke Nishijima in the February 26th PRIDE 31 UNBREAKABLE event. Hunt, the "Samoan Monster", happily spoke to PRIDE in this exclusive interview about the Nishijima fight, his desire to fight in the Open Weight Grand Prix and his body weight.
Pride Fighting Championships:
How do you feel, looking back on your fight with Nishijima?
I don't care at all. I may be 180kg in my next fight. (laughing) That's a joke. I'm actually thinking about training and dropping a little weight for my next fight. I'd like to get in good shape and show off my six-pack. (laughing)
Many Heavyweight fighters lose fat and put on a lot of muscle to fight. Do you feel that your conditioning is better in your present condition?
When a fighter that's all muscles gets hit with a punch, the fist directly hits the muscle so there's more damage. I've got fat on top of my muscles so there's little shock to my muscles. In that sense, fighters with fat have an advantage.
I eat a lot, 3 times a day, to get this body shape, so I'm think of eating smaller portions, 6 times a day. Einemo eats like that. He is really detailed and breaks up the number of his meals. He says that it's good for your body but it seems difficult to eat every 2 or 3 hours.
He really helps me mentally when he's in my corner. He let's me know that I am strong and then sends me in to the ring. He gets really angry when I skip training, so sometimes I have to run and hide from him. (laughing) I ask my maid to tell him "Hunt's not here" when he calls. He's a very good coach, though.
Yes. I train with the other fighters that come there. I'm thinking of building my own gym when I return to Australia this time, though. It won't be that big. It will be a gym for bringing up strong professional fighters.
Are there a lot of promising fighters like you in Australia?