After being part of the combat sports world for almost 17 years, Mark Hunt knows all too well how the business works.
With the aftermath of UFC 200 Mark Hunt is on a mission. Hunt faced returning Brock Lesnar, a fighter who would later be busted for failed drug tests. Brock was flagged for the same thing Jon Jones took and he was still able to compete while Jones was taken off the card. Hunt has accused Lesnar of cheating, is asking him to forfeit his fight night wages to him and is demanding answers from the UFC.
Hunt wants to know how Conor McGregor was removed from UFC 200 for not fulfilling his promotional responsibilities yet Lesnar wasn’t only free from those responsibilities due to his being booked only a month away from the event, but also given an exemption from a four-month drug testing period normally required of fighters coming out of retirement.
Hunt believes he has a solution to all of this. He wants to form a UFC fighters association. A system where the promotion and the fighters work together to decide what’s best for everyone when it comes to issues like drug testing, the Reebok sponsorship deal, and overall athlete compensation.
Here is what he had to say via his website, MarkHunt.Tv:
“The way I see it, the Brock Lesnar doping thing is just another reason why we need a fighter’s association,” Hunt said via phone interview. “These guys are just making up the rules as they go.
“First the Reebok thing, then Brock’s 4 month testing exemption. Conor gets pulled off a card for not going to a press conference that me or Brock didn’t go to anyway. Work that out. There’s probably a heap of others.”
“You just have to look at how Ariel gets his media pass taken away cause he broke a story about Brock, then he gets it back when other media stood up for him and called out the UFC.” He said. “These guys are just making sh*t it up as they go.
“Yet fighters refuse to support other fighters when they f*ck us over.
“They say they are cleaning up the sport, yet I’ve risked my health two times against guys cheating since this USADA thing started. I was told Brock was gonna be tested when I took the fight, he comes in looking fricken juicy as hell and then I find out he’s popped after the PPV has already been sold.
“It’s ridiculous. The fact that they haven’t even bothered to make contact with me since all of this happened just proves they don’t care.
“I don’t even know how he made 265lbs that guy, he looked about 500kgs. I mean shucks, look at the pictures and tell me this guy passed the smell test that Jeff guy talks about. I mean even the other passport stuff, which is supposed to be important for testing, they woulda had none of that from Brock because of the exemption.
“If you ask me the whole point of the four month testing period should be to make sure someone doesn’t pop back in, juiced to the gills, and beat the crap out of the guys who are clean and have been clean and tested this whole time.
“Once they decided they were gunna cut Conor out, they didn’t care, they just needed a name to make 200 big.” he said. “Exemptions for Brock but not for Conor, I don’t know how you can just do that.
“These guys have lined there pockets with our blood if you ask me. I mean they deserve to get paid no doubt, they took the UFC from nothing into what it is today, but come on, most of the guys fighting, get paid nothing and have no benefits.
“If you ask me there needs to be a system where they at least run things past the fighters before making these decisions and the fighters can look out for each other. We need an association where we can have our voices heard. We are massive reason why fans watch the sport and we risk our health to do it.”
No word yet from the UFC regarding Lesnar but Mark Hunt is not concerned about their reaction.
“I’m not worried about the UFC,” Hunt said. “Shucks, I’ve been fighting my whole life. Fighting to survive in my home, to the ring and now cage. These guys didn’t even want me in the UFC but here I am. I’m not scared of them.”