Mark Hunt was successful from a walk that has been more than 20 years in the making.
The 43-year-old Hunt defeated American Derrick Lewis (18-5, 1 NC) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 110 at Spark Arena in Auckland.
Hunt's dangerous hands took him all over the world - Japan, the United States and Mexico - so it seemed fitting that, as his career wound down, he got the opportunity to fight where it all began.
There were also two young Kiwis on the card who have probably looked up to Hunt on their own MMA journey.
Auckland lightweight Dan Hooker (13-7) met Ross Pearson (19-13, 1 NC) and Hamilton welterweight Luke Jumeau (11-3) made his UFC debut against American Dominique Steele (14-8).