Hunt vows to knock Mir out

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Mark Hunt has said that he will be aiming to knock out Frank Mir when the two heavyweights clash at UFC Fight Night 84 in March in Brisbane, Australia. 

Hunt heads into the fight on a high after he knocked out Antonio Silva in the first round of their bout at UFC 193 in November last year. Mir on the other hand lost his most recent fight against Andrei Arlovski via unanimous decision at UFC 191 in September 2015.

Even though Hunt acknowledged that he doesn’t expect Mir to go down without a fight, the 41-year-old still believes that he will emerge victorious on March 20.

“It’s going to be a great fight. I know his game plan and I know that he knows mine, you know,” Hunt told Submission Radio. “I know he knows I’m going to try and knock his lips off, and he knows that I know he’s going to try and break my sh-t up [laughs].”

While Hunt is brimming with confidence about his chances of victory, he knows that Mir is a submission expert, but insisted that he is not worried about being made to submit in the slightest.

“Oh, I can get on the ground with anybody,” he said. “Like I said, you gotta be well versed in all areas to be playing around at this top end. You know what I mean? So I should’ve been a black belt already, I mean I’ve been training in jiu-jitsu for a long, long time. But yeah, I don’t mind going to the ground or wherever. If the party’s going there, then that’s where we’re going. That’s fine.

“I think Frank Mir is gonna be trying to take me down and I’m gonna be knocking him out. So I think after he realizes that he can’t take me down, then he’ll end up being knocked out, like the rest of them [laughs].”

Meanwhile, there are also concerns about the fact that Hunt is still fighting at the age of 41, but the ‘Super Samoan’ is not concerned about what could happen to him in the future.

“You’re not gonna live forever,” he said. “You’re gonna die like everyone else. But to be honest, no, I don’t care what happens to me. I’m just gonna live a full life as best as I can, enjoy it while I can, and then move on. I mean, I don’t really care what happens to Mark Hunt.

“I mean, we’re all destined to die, that’s for sure. So if I die doing what I love to do, that’s fine. So be it, I’m happy.”