UFC fighter Mark Hunt has won 13 fights during his MMA career, but those wins have come at a cost.
The 43-year-old Hunt wrote a piece for Player’s Voice where he said he is already starting to suffer from memory loss and brain damage from being hit in the head repeatedly throughout his fighting career.
“I will probably end my life fighting,” Hunt said in the opening line of his story.
Hunt went on to say that he is already beginning to stutter and slur his words, and he sometimes struggles to remember things.
“My body is (expletive) but my mind is still here,” Hunt wrote. “I’ve still got my senses about me and I know what’s right and wrong, which is the main thing.
“Sometimes I don’t sleep well. You can hear me starting to stutter and slur my words. My memory is not that good anymore. I’ll forget something I did yesterday but I can remember the shit I did years and years ago. That’s just the price I’ve paid – the price of being a fighter. But I’ve fought a lot of drug cheats and copped a lot of punishment from guys who were cheating and that’s not right.”
Hunt also discusses his opposition to fighters using performance enhancing drugs, specifically Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones.
Hunt has three fights left on his UFC contract, which is a scary thought considering how he is already starting to notice memory issues. He was very honest throughout the entire piece, and it’s worth reading to see how brain injuries affect fighters.
Hunt’s next fight is on Nov. 19 in Sydney, Australia against Marcin Tybura.
(h/t MMA Mania)