Mark Hunt makes bold move to knock dopers out of UFC

Mark Hunt has refused to accept any more UFC fights until they ratify a very important part of his new contract. Photo / Photosport
Mark Hunt has refused to accept any more UFC fights until they ratify a very important part of his new contract. Photo / Photosport

As soon as Brock Lesnar was confirmed as Mark Hunt's opponent for UFC 200, the Kiwi-born MMA fighter expressed concerns about the WWE star using performance enhancing drugs.

Lesnar failed a pair of drug tests - one given before the fight and then another on the night of the fight - with clomiphene and hydroxy-clomiphene found in his system according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

He was placed on provisional suspension pending a full hearing in Nevada as well as possible sanctions from USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency).

But that wasn't nearly enough to satisfy Hunt and his desire to see Lesnar punished to the full letter of the law.

Recently, Hunt retained Christina Denning, a partner at Higgs, Fletcher and Mack, to explore possible legal options against the UFC and Lesnar in hopes of making dramatic, sweeping changes to the way doping policy violations are handled.

"I'm going all the way," Hunt told FOX Sports US when speaking about the potential lawsuit. "You think this is about money? I've turned down two fights already. This is about what's right. I wanted to put a provision in for the JDS (Junior dos Santos) fight, but they wouldn't do it. These cheaters need to be punished. I would think that the commission would stand right by me. I don't understand why they don't do something about it.

"The contract I sign says no doping but how about enforcing these contracts with harsher penalties. I love fighting, this is my life and I love doing it but it's really important to do this."

The provision Hunt wants added to his contract and all future bout agreements would stipulate that if a fighter is found cheating, their purse would be stripped and handed over to the non-cheating party.

Hunt is also exploring possible legal action directly aimed at Lesnar for the situation at UFC 200 where he was paid a disclosed $2.5 million fee plus pay-per-view revenue for the fight, but then violated the anti-doping policy by failing a pair of drug tests.

"A change in all future bout agreements, such that if a competitor's caught doping then the proceeds from the fight, whether that's just the purse or if there's a win bonus or there's pay-per-view proceeds, whatever compensation the cheating fighter receives, he wants a provision in all future bout agreements for him and he'd like to see it across the board that the compensation be forfeited to the non-cheating party. So that's the first thing," Denning explained when speaking to FOX Sports about what Hunt wants to accomplish.

"The second thing would be some sort of compensation with what happened at UFC 200. I can tell you with respect to the whole where he's coming from and the rationale and purpose behind why he wants to see both those things happening is because right now, the UFC has an anti-doping policy that isn't being enforced to its maximum potential in order to deter people from getting into the ring. In fact, what's happening is fighters appear to be taking advantage of the system and doping and either knowing or risking or banking on the fact that they're not going to get the maximum penalty imposed by the UFC. "

Hunt has been one of the staunchest advocates for more drug testing and stiffer penalties for fighters who are caught cheating - with Lesnar the final straw after Hunt faced two other opponents in the UFC - Frank Mir and Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva - who also failed drug tests after he fought them.

He says he's already turned down two fights offered by the UFC because the provision wasn't added to his contract and he's standing firm to make these changes before he ever steps back into the Octagon again.

"This was the final straw. I'm not going to keep fighting dopers. Why should I?" Hunt said.

"The contract doesn't say I should be fighting dopers. If it does we should call it the ultimate fighting (expletive) cheating competition. It's true.

"Let's all cheat and see who gets away with it and then throw money to look like we're clean. It's hair cream or it's toe jam or whatever it is, always making (expletive) excuses and making some sort of (expletive) up."

Hunt's lawyer has met with legal counsel from the UFC already and says they've been receptive to hearing the heavyweight's concerns. Right now, Denning makes it clear that a lawsuit hasn't been filed but that's still an option she's exploring.

As of right now, Hunt's record still reflects a loss to Lesnar in July although the Nevada Commission could overturn that to a no contest if they rule against the former UFC champion in December. Hunt refuses to acknowledge the fight as a loss considering how he feels about Lesnar's actions leading into their bout.

"In my eyes he didn't win nothing," Hunt said about Lesnar. "Anyone who sticks needles in their ass didn't win nothing. I've got a clear conscious when I wake up and look in the mirror everyday. I'm not cheating and pretending to be something I'm not. He's a fake ass person and a fake ass cheater and that's all he'll ever be. Just like Lance Armstrong and the rest of these clowns.

"These guys who are cheating, get them out of the sport. This sport is different, it's a business of hurting people. I lose an eye or I perish in the Octagon, which could happen, and if he's doping, the penalty should be a lot harsher."

- news.com.au

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