UFC legend Mark Hunt delivers unexpected knock out in retirement bout

Sonny Bill Williams suffered a surprising loss after going head to head with  UFC icon Mark Hunt in the 48-year old’s last bout.

For the first time in two years, Hunt entered the ring when he shook hands with rugby star Williams in Sydney, Australia. He knocked out his opponent in the fourth round of their boxing bout with a powerful right punch after his opponent barely beat the 10 count.

The UFC icon set out to terminate the event, which he accomplished in a spectacular way by powering through Williams with yet another powerful right before the referee intervened. This is likely his last-ever performance since he prepares to retire from combat sports. The event sent the Sydney audience into a tumultuous frenzy.

After the final bell, Williams paid respect to his competitor and said:

“I would like to say it was an honour to share the ring with Mark Hunt tonight, the Super Samoan. I tried my best but it wasn’t good enough. Not too many positives to take from that, but to share the ring with a legend like Mark, it was special. Also to see a lot of Polynesian brothers get a chance on the card was special. Whatever happens, happens.”

After a successful career in boxing and mixed martial arts, Hunt expressed his satisfaction with his performance. He announced that he would be hanging up his gloves. Hunt stated:

“I’m smiling not because of the win, but I’m smiling because this is the last time I walked into a ring of combat of any sorts. My first thought after was ‘s*** I want to do that again!’, but no [I won’t be back in the ring again].”

Both delivered in action packed first round. Hunt was eager to get to the center of the ring and control the tempo even though both were awkward getting back to their feet after taking heavy punishment. As both competitors delivered a barrage of strong strikes, the match continued to move at a dizzying speed with Hunt showcasing his expertise in the second.

Williams attempted to counteract Hunt’s aggressiveness in the third stanza with some clever counterpunching. However, Hunt finally broke through in the fourth round. Williams was unable to recover as Hunt connected with a powerful right hand that sent his opponent to the ground before carefully getting back to his feet. The referee quickly stopped the fight following another damaging bombardment.

Hunt will no longer participate in combat sports, and he made a triumphant exit with a victory.