UFC 127 Fight Card Preview: Mark Hunt vs Chris Tuchscherer

Mark Hunt vs Chris Tuchscherer is the second fight on the UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch card and is of very, very little significance.

Mark Hunt's resume is impressive:

Better known for his accomplishments in K-1 where he earned top honors as the World Grand Prix champion, Hunt has nonetheless faced many of MMA's top heavyweights on their own turf. He's fought in K-1, PRIDE and the UFC.

He has notable losses to Fedor Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem, Josh Barnett, and others. He has notable wins over Mirko "CroCop" Filipovic and Wanderlei Silva. He is currently signed to a one-fight deal with the UFC.

Except that to say he's fallen on hard times now would be a massive understatement. He's hanging onto this UFC run by the tinniest of threads and whatever standing ability he once possessed is all but gone.

That said, outside of being Brock Lesnar's training partner, not much can be said for Chris Tuchsherer. He has a respectable background in collegiate wrestling and that's about it. If either wins here tonight they are guaranteed to be cut. Frankly, even if they win a cut wouldn't surprise me.

The only upside is that Hunt is a New Zealand native and should have some measure of crowd support behind him in what could be his last run in the big shows of mixed martial arts.

This was my official prediction for the fight:

As bad as Hunt is or has become or maybe always was, I still think there's upset potential here. Hunt could and should get kimura'd in a round, but maybe he'll pull one off for the hometown crowd. If there is such a thing, he's got a higher upset quotient than other fighters. I'll be brave and say Hunt by TKO.

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