Mark Hunt continued the heavyweight division's unlikeliest come back story by beating Ben Rothwell at UFC 135. Hunt improves his record to .500 (7-7; 2-1 UFC) after leveraging a clause in his contract with the old Pride Championships that forced the UFC to give him a couple of fights when they bought the Japanese organization.
When Hunt, then 5-6 came back into the UFC, no one would have predicted he'd lose 45 pounds and beat Rothwell, a fighter ranked in the top 25 by the USA TODAY / MMA Nation Consensus MMA Rankings. Following his win over Chris Tuchscherer, Hunt now has a two fight winning streak going in the UFC.
Rothwell was coming off a long layoff after ACL surgery and he appeared to run out of stream but the thunderous punches of Hunt played a role in that as well. In the deep waters of the fight, Hunt battered a staggering Rothwell like a movie heroine battering a relentless but defenseless zombie with a baseball bat.
The UFC could have a new contender in the heavyweight division and his name is Mark Hunt.