Mark Hunt KOs Rugby Star, Retires from Combat Sports

The Super Samoan proved he still has scary power before calling it a career.

By Vinh Cao | November 6, 2022

Ex-UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt knocked out former New Zealand rugby star Sonny Bill Williams in a boxing match on Saturday … and then officially retired from combat sports.

Though The Super Samoan has long been known as one of MMA’s hardest hitters, he entered Saturday’s bout in Sydney, Australia, as a heavy underdog.

To be fair, he’s 48 years old and Williams was an undefeated 37-year-old (now 9-1-0). In addition, Hunt lost his previous boxing fight to another former rugby player (Paul Gallen) in Dec. 2020.

Following his win on Saturday, Hunt announced his retirement from combat sports:

“I just finished my career,” he said. “It’s been a long, hard journey. A long road. I’ve been beaten all over the globe to be honest. My first thought after the fight was ‘Ah, sh*t. I don’t want to do that again.’ 31 years of combat, man.”

If this is indeed the end of his career, let’s take a moment to appreciate some of his greatest hits:

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