Mark Hunt made a vicious attack on the integrity of the UFC during his appearance at the UFC 209: Open Workouts yesterday.
Mark Hunt’s relationship with the UFC has most certainly seen better days. The hard-handed heavyweight brawler recently announced his intention to sue the company for what he described as them ‘affirmatively circumventing and obstructing fair competition for their own benefit’.
Brock Lesnar, one of the promotion’s biggest stars, was brought in on relatively short notice to add to last year’s landmark UFC 200 event, and when it came to light that he had failed an out-of-competition drug test just prior to his meeting with Hunt upon his return, the Super Samoan demanded that he be compensated for partaking in a contest where his opponent had an unfair advantage.
The heavyweight division is known as by far the most dangerous to compete in given the sheer size and power that each of these men bring to the table and Hunt, with this mind, has argued that his health and well-being were put at risk given his opponent’s doping violation and, furthermore, claimed that the UFC were more aware of Brock’s indiscretion than they let on, with them seeing only the financial gains Lesnar’s inclusion would bring them.
Hunt came face-to-face with Dana White yesterday and the resulting moment was just about as awkward as you can get.
Hunt is now set to compete at UFC 209 in a rematch of his 2008 DREAM loss to Alistair Overeem, a man who has had his own troubles with drug tests in the past, and the interview that followed his rather tense encounter with both Overeem and Dana White showed the clearly frustrated knockout artist voicing his anger at the way in which the world’s premier mixed martial arts organisation are – in his words – losing their integrity.
It was a defiant statement from the New Zealand native and one that will hopefully inspire others to follow his lead.
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Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena