There’s no love lost between UFC brass and heavyweight Mark Hunt.
For approximately 18 months now, for one reason or another, the two sides have not seen eye-to-eye, and now Hunt has stated in an interview with Submission Radio that he plans to leave the MMA promotion once his current deal expires.
There are three fights left on the deal, according to Hunt, and the first comes at UFC 221 this February in Australia when he faces Curtis Blaydes.
“That will be the end of my career in the UFC. I have two fights left and that’s it. You probably know the path I’ve had with the UFC, but you know, it’s business,” Hunt said.
I haven’t done nothing wrong, I just don’t like to be treated like [expletive] – even if I’m an employee or whatever and I speak my mind about it and, you know, I’ll go from there. So like I said, three fights left and I’ll move on.
After a loss to Brock Lesnar at UFC 200 was overturned because Lesnar failed a pre and post-fight drug test, Hunt launched an on-going tirade against the promotion, Lesnar and UFC President Dana White, claiming the UFC knew about Lesnar’s failed pre-fight drug test beforehand and let Lesnar fight anyway.
Things worsened this past fall when Hunt was pulled from a November Fight Night card after making comments about how he has some memory problems and sometimes slurs words, prompting UFC officials to make Hunt undergo additional testing before letting him fight again.
As far as where he’ll go after the UFC, Hunt said he’ll look to stay in Oceania, as well as look at Japan, where he started his pro MMA career with PRIDE.
You can listen to the full interview with Hunt in the video player above.