Mark Hunt Calls For Fighters Association And Says He Is The Man To Lead It
After purchasing the UFC back in 2000 for just $2 million, the Fertitta brothers transformed it into an International corporate franchise with some $600 million per year in revenues, and most recently sold the company for a staggering $4 billion.
One reason why potential buyers found the UFC so attractive is that reports have suggested that only 10% of its revenues go to its fighters – the men and women who literally shed blood for the sport.
Another selling point is that the UFC effectively control the MMA market and are basically able to set the agenda without any consideration given to the athletes who fight under the UFC banner.
One of the UFC’s most beloved fighters wants to see all of that changed. That fighter is our very own Mark Hunt.
Talking exclusively with MarkHunt.TV, the man commonly known as the “Super Samoan”, spoke about his latest frustrations surrounding fighting two consecutive opponents who had previously been flagged for doping violations. He now wants to use this as motivation to see fighters come together and form a UFC fighters association.
“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.”
Asked if he thought that the UFC had accumulated too much power, Hunt agreed vehemently.
“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.
“I’m pretty sure all of this stuff is just there to look good for the sale if you ask me.”
When asked to clarify how he felt about them pulling Conor off on the historic card, again, Hunt didn’t hold back.
“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.”
When asked if he was interested in leading the charge for a Fighters Association despite the risk of a potential fall out with the UFC, he said he would.
“I’m not worried about the UFC, ” he 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.
“I’m not sure what its like in the states, but in Australia workers stick together to make sure their voice is heard. Lots of guys have talked about this, but someone needs to make this happen and I’m happy for it to be me.”
When asked what the next step in forming an official UFC fighters association was, Hunt suggested interested fighters should contact him directly.
“I mean shucks I’m not an expert on all this, but me and my team have been talking to the experts about how to make this a reality, ” he said.
“To the fighters listening to this I want them to get in touch with me via my Facebook page and we can get thing going. I won’t name anyone until we sort it all out, but get in touch and lets make this happen.”