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UFC Moscow’s Mark Hunt targeting farewell fight in Adelaide

Kiwi knockout artist says he hopes to win quickly in Moscow to set up a farewell fight in Adelaide later this year

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Per Haljestam

Heavyweight legend Mark Hunt reckons he only has a couple of fights left in his iconic career before bidding farewell to the UFC.

Hunt takes on Aleksei Oleinik on Saturday night in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Moscow, and the big-punching Kiwi says he plans on finishing the Ukrainian submission ace, then getting himself on the upcoming fight card in Adelaide for his final bout in the octagon.

Chatting to Australian outlet Submission Radio, Hunt said he hoped that a quick win in Moscow could set things up for a retirement bout Down Under on December 2.

“Yeah, I hope so,” he admitted.

“I already spoke to (my manager) Zen and said I’d like to get a match if I’m not injured as soon as possible. And if it’s Adelaide, then so be it.

“Yeah, I look forward to it. It’d be great. And it’s just three rounds anyway. You know me!”

The event in Australia could see Hunt join another departing UFC star on the card, four-time Australian judo Olympian Dan Kelly.

And it would also represent a passing of the torch, with retiring Kiwi heavyweight Hunt handing over the reins to rising Aussie Tai Tuivasa, who is scheduled to take on former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos in the main event.

“I get to fight the same card as Tai on the undercard also. It’d be great. It’d be a good send off,” he said.

“It would be me and Dan (Kelly’s) retirement fight, which is great, you know, fighting at home.”

Hunt faces Aleksei Oleinik in the main event of UFC Moscow (Per Haljestam)

Pondering his fighting future: Mark Hunt (Per Haljestam)

Hunt’s imminent departure from the UFC won’t necessarily mean we’ve seen the last of him, however, as he hinted that he may still continue fighting elsewhere before eventually hanging up the gloves for good.

“It would be my last fight with the UFC. So, it’d be great. I don’t know about retiring per se. It’d be finishing from the big time. And, you know, I wanna fight three more times globally or four.”

But before Hunt makes any plans for a farewell fight in Australia, he has to deal with Oleinik in Moscow this weekend. And the straight-talking ‘Super Samoan’ laid out his plan for the fight in typically matter-of-fact terminology.

“We’ll try (to knock him out in), like I said, first round, second round, third round, fifth round,” he said.

“I think, hopefully, first round I can put him out, but I don’t know. A slip right hand with a left hook? Who knows? Something like that.

“I think Aleksei likes to come forward a lot and we’ll catch him with something like that. We’ll try… well, I’ll try!”

Freelance sports writer and MMA reporter with 19 years’ experience in the UK's national media covering major sporting events including UFC world title fights, Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championships, Grand National and the FA Cup Final.

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