Video: 'I love fighting at home' - Mark Hunt oozing confidence ahead of UFC 221 fight in Perth

After being robbed of fighting on his home turf in Sydney last year, UFC heavyweight fighter Mark Hunt is happy to show his excitement about putting on a show for friends and family at UFC 221 this weekend in Perth.

Hunt spoke confidently during his press conference ahead of this Sunday's fight with ninth-ranked American Curtis Blaydes, three months after he was stripped of a main event bout at UFC Fight Night Sydney for "medical concerns".

"This is the big time, baby", Hunt said at the conference.

"This is how it should be, the bright lights, everything. Walking out to a packed arena it's the best thing in the world."

Hunt is one of several fighters with Kiwi connections on the Perth fight card, with the South-Auckland born heavyweight joined by Israel Adesanya and Luke 'the Jedi' Jumeau at the event.


Watch: 'We're really excited to get home!' Blair Tuke hoping for big Kiwi welcome after Volvo Ocean Race leg

Kiwi sailor Blair Tuke has some added motivation heading into the sixth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race as the finish line happens to bring him home to Kiwi shores.

Tuke's team Mapfre along with the rest of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet set sail from Hong Kong yesterday to begin the challenging leg - a 6,100 nautical miles adventure that takes crews across the South China Sea and into the Pacific Ocean.

But Tuke says overcoming the challenging will taste that little bit sweeter if there's a warm Kiwi welcome to greet them in Auckland at the end.

"Myself and all the other Kiwis in the race are really excited to get home," he said.

"As we come in to the Hauraki Gulf, looking forward to seeing as many boats as we can and a big welcome for whichever one of these boats come in first."

In the first 16 hours of racing, Tuke's America's Cup teammate Peter Burling and his crew on Team Brunel currently hold the lead, with Mapfre sitting third.



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