Report: Mark Hunt Wants Rematch With Josh Barnett Next
By FCF Staff
Following his KO win over Roy Nelson at UFC Fight Night 52, Mark Hunt relayed he wants to face a top contender next, and to that end, he’s called for a bout with Josh Barnett.
Hunt, who finished Nelson off with a right uppercut in two, is currently ranked #6 in the UFC’s heavyweight division. While appearing on the latest episode of “The MMA Hour”, the 40 year-old had the following to say about the #5 ranked Barnett (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I love rematches,” Hunt said. “I’ve never lost a rematch, Josh Barnett, me and you my friend, we’ve got a date. He’s No. 5 in the world, I want to fight guys in the top 10. I’d like to fight and get close to that title shot, That’s all I’m interested in my whole purposes is to fight for the world title. He’s one above me, so why don’t you put him and me together.”
Hunt and Barnett fought way back in 2006 for PRIDE, and the latter scored a first round, submission win (via kimura).
The 36 year-old Barnett hasn’t fought since last December, when he was KO’d by Travis Browne.
Hunt also said this past weekend that he’s hoping to fight on the November 8th card in Sydney, Australia. It remains to be seen, however, if the UFC can fulfil the feared striker’s wish.