Mark Hunt might be from New Zealand, but the marketing materials for UFC Fight Night 33 has him standing in front of an Australian flag. It makes sense from a promotional standpoint, as the event will be taking place in Melbourne, but why is Hunt okay with it?
Hunt explained the situation on Facebook:
“Jus so u know I said It was ok to rep the Australian flag,even though I’m a kiwi.ive been living in Australia for nearly 20 years wife kids are Australian.i call Australia my home.and one of the main reasons Im really proud to rep the Australian flag is cause NZ has never recognized my achievements in my sport the only man to ever win the k-1 world title outside of Europe and will be the only one man to ever do it.i been fighting for 23 years 15 years at the top of the world,and what recognition does NZ give me nothing,so don’t ask me why anymore,I have jus told u.”
Hunt was riding a four fight winning streak before Junior Dos Santos derailed his title aspirations. Now he’s is looking to rebound with an impressive win over Antonio Silva at UFC Fight Night 33.
The event will take place on December 7 (December 6 in the US).