UFC Moscow's Mark Hunt: Aleksei Oleinik fight decides 'who stays and who goes'

MOSCOW – At 44, Mark Hunt somehow continues to defy the norm. The oldest fighter on the UFC roster still competes at the highest level in the heavyweight division, as is evident by his headlining spot on Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 136 card.

Hunt (13-12-1 MMA, 8-6-1 UFC) will meet Aleksei Oleinik (56-11-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed card from Olympic Stadium in Moscow. How does “The Super Samoan” keep his engine running at his advanced age? His anti-stance against performance-enhancing drugs is no secret, so his answer is simple.

“Hard work and a strong mind,” Hunt said during a Q&A with UFC commentator Dan Hardy at today’s UFC Fight Night 136 open workouts.

Hunt, No. 11 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings, said he still enjoys fighting after competing in combat sports for more than two decades. He’s aware there are much fewer fights ahead of him than behind, though, and the matchup with Oleinik is an important one.

If Hunt has aspirations of a UFC title or anything of the sort, beating Oleinik is essential. He said he knows that to be the case ahead of fight night.

“This is the top 10, best in the world,” Hunt said. “It’s who stays and who goes to be honest. I respect Aleksei, he’s similar in age and it’s going to be a great match this weekend. Look forward to putting on a great fight.”

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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