Today Mark Hunt made his eagerly-awaited appearance on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani to discuss recent events surrounding the failed drug test of former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar following the pair’s bout at UFC 200.
The clearly-angered Hunt laid into the ethical decisions made by the UFC in relation to opponents he has faced himself who have failed tests and all of those who have walked away from such revelations unscathed.
“The reason why I’m so upset, this isn’t the 1st or 2nd, this is 3rd time I’ve fought someone that’s been cheating and the thing is there is no compensation, there is nothing. You lose 20% when you don’t make weight, but when you get caught for doping, for sticking needles in your f***ing arse you get nothing. There’s no fine there’s nothing.”
He repeatedly pointed to how unprofessional these recent stories have made MMA look to the outside world, stating “We’re telling the whole world that our sport is a pack of cheaters and liars”.
When questioned on his own ultimatum and threatening to leave the UFC if no action was taken, Hunt replied, “I don’t want to be a part of this company unless they do something about this shit”. The New Zealander also called for a fighter’s union, not only for his own benefit but for the benefit of those coming into the sport, calling for fighters to “stick together and move forward.”
He went on to say that despite all of the commotion caused by the news in recent days, the UFC have yet to make any attempt to reach out to him in hopes of solving this issue.
Will Hunt stick to his word and turn his back on the UFC if they don’t meet his demands? Or is this a turning point for fighters given the recent tensions between the athletes and the corporation paying their bills?
All we know is is that it’s looking like a time of great change in the MMA world and hopefully outspoken individuals like Hunt get the support necessary to make a difference.
Hunt’s segment can be viewed in the video below:
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