Mark Hunt has been a professional fighter as a kickboxer as well as an MMA fighter most of his life and now he has revealed that it is taking a toll on his body.
The Super Samoan has stated that the consequences of choosing a fighter’s life are finally showing its effects on his body with slurry speeches and memory loss.
Hunt has spent over twenty years fighting with numerous accolades over the years. He is well known for winning the 2001 Pride Grand Prix Championship and is considered a legend by many.
But unfortunately, at an early age of 43, he claims to show signs of brain trauma. Everyone understands the explanation of this phenomenon. Still, the kickboxing legend is willing to continue fighting and has no problems dying in the ring doing so.
“I will probably end my life fighting,” Hunt says. “I’ve been fighting since I was a child, fighting to get out of my circumstances. I used to make $300 a week, struggling to put food on the table but I have become one of the highest-paid fighters in the world.”
“I feel that’s destiny. This is what I’m supposed to be doing and if I die fighting, that’s fine. I just hope that if it does happen, it will be in an honest and fair competition.”
According to Hunt, he is already feeling the effects of his twenty plus years of fighting career. He has fought the elites of the UFC and K1.
“My body is f—-d but my mind is still here,” Hunt wrote in his on Players Voice. “I’ve still got my senses about me and I know what’s right and wrong, which is the main thing. Sometimes I don’t sleep well.”
“You can hear me starting to stutter and slur my words. My memory is not that good anymore. I’ll forget something I did yesterday but I can remember the sh-t I did years and years ago.”
“That’s just the price I’ve paid – the price of being a fighter. But I’ve fought a lot of drug cheats and copped a lot of punishment from guys who were cheating and that’s not right.”