Mark Hunt’s Plan To Remove Cheaters From The UFC
Soon after his fight with Brock Lesnar at UFC 200 was unveiled, UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt revealed his concern that the WWE megastar, and former heavyweight champion of the UFC could be taking performance enhancing drugs.
After three hard fought rounds, Lesnar eventually won a unanimous decision over Hunt, however Hunt’s pre-fight suspicions were proved to be correct when Lesnar failed two drug tests, one before the fight and one after the contest was over. The substances he tested positive for were hydroxy-clomiphene and clomiphene. Clomiphene can be utilised by steroid users to stimulate testosterone production in their bodies.
Lesnar was suspended from competition, but this has done little to stop Hunt from pursuing further action. Hunt announced his retention of Christina Denning from Higgs, Fletcher and Mack to look at legal options available against Lesnar and the UFC.
“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.”
Hunt is seeking to add a clause to his contract and future bout agreements that would strip a fighter of their purse if they were found to be cheating, with the purse then being awarded to the non cheating fighter. He has also sought to take legal action against Lesnar directly. Lesnar was paid $2.5 million for his appearance at UFC 200, not including sponsorship and pay per view percentages.
“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,” said Denning when asked to explain what Hunts goal with the legal action was.
“The second thing would be some sort of compensation with what happened at UFC 200… 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 a strong advocate for increased drug testing and strong penalties for those caught, having already faced two other fighters who failed drug tests after fighting him- Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Frank Mir. He does not seem likely to step back into the octagon until the drug testing and subsequent punishments handed down are adequeate.
“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.”