Melvin Manhoef is arguably one of the hardest hitting fighters on the planet. One of his most spectacular highlight reel knockouts came during his time in Pride FC, where he knocked Mark Hunt out cold with a left hand.
Prior to being knocked out by Junior Dos Santos in May of 2013, Hunt hadn’t been knocked out since he fought Manhoef in 2008.
Manhoef spoke to MMAJunkie about how his manager tricked him into fighting Hunt.
“I was eating chocolate cake and (my manager) called me, ‘Hey, do you want to fight Mark Hunt?’”
“I said, ‘Man, that guy is like 140 kilos (300-plus pounds) or something. I’m 88 kilos. How do you want me to do that?’” he remembers. “(My manager) dropped the subject, but five minutes later, he said, ‘You know, I was working in a bar, and one of my friends was there with his wife. And this big huge guy touched his wife, her butt and her tits. And my friend did nothing. What would you do?’
“I said to him, ‘Man! I would really f-ck that big guy up if he touched my wife!’ And (my manager) said, ‘Yeah, that guy is Mark Hunt! So you can fight him.’ Then he called the promotion and told them that I’d be fighting. He tricked me into taking that fight.”
“The left punch hit him so hard that his whole back and everything was shaking. That fight is very memorable to me.”
Mark Hunt takes on Roy Big Country Nelson in Japan this upcoming Saturday exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.