Throwback Video of the Week: Mark Hunt vs Jerome LeBanner

Courtesy of Zuffa; From Left to Right, Takanori Gomi (left), Mark Hunt, Roy Nelson, Kyoji Horiguchi and Rin Nakai (right).

 

In a sneak peak of one part of this Saturday’s Main Event at UFC Fight Night Japan, Mark Hunt’s K-1 career on display. October 8th, 2001, Mark Hunt and Ray Sefo dueled for 3 rounds with Sefo prevailing, but Sefo was unable to fight in the Final of the one night tournament.  Mark Hunt stepped in and defeated Adam Watt in the finals of the Fukuoka event to qualify for the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix.  Mark Hunt would be seeded against Jerome LeBanner in the Quarterfinals of the eight man, one night tournament.  Jerome LeBanner was the heavy favorite going into the fight:

 

 

Hunt would later go on to beat Stefan Leko and Francisco Filho to win the 2001 K-1 World GP Championship.  You can watch Mark Hunt fight Roy Nelson on UFC Fight Pass this Saturday starting at 12:30am.

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