22 Jan 2010 10:58:09 AM
What happens when you get two strikers with concrete skulls and very little concern for their own safety together in one ring? In the case of Mark Hunt vs. Yosuke Nishijima, you get a slobberknocker to end all slobberknockers.
Nishijima was a Japanese pro boxer who made his MMA debut at Pride 31 on Feb. 26, 2006 against a guy whose ability to take it and dish it right back out has become the stuff of legends. Nishijima had the speed and conditioning, but Hunt had the power, the size, and the willingness to walk through anything Nishijima threw, regardless of how exhausted he was. Hunt has made a career out of being the guy who almost no one can put away, but when he came up against an opponent whose ability to endure punishment rivaled his own, you could almost see his frustration turn into awe at some point.
It took about twenty minutes of brutal punishment to settle this one, but before it was all over we learned that a) Nishijima is one tough bastard, and b) Hunt could use a little bit of work on his cardio. At least one of those things we already suspected.