Hunt Calls Out Werdum For UFC Perth
Mark Hunt was the originally to headline UFC Sydney against Marcin Tybura in November, but was removed from the card as precautionary measure after stating in an interview with “Players Voice” that he was losing his memory and slurring his words at times. Last week, Hunt was cleared following a full medical analysis and now Hunt wants to work his way to a title shot and he’s hoping to extract a little revenge on his way there.
Hunt said in an interview with the Sporting News, that even though he was pulled from UFC Sydney, he would like to be on the UFC’s upcoming card in Perth, Australia. Hunt even made it clear who he’d want to faces, the man who replaced him at UFC Sydney, Fabricio Werdum.
“Hopefully I get a fight in Perth – we’re waiting for Werdum to say yes, but he’s such a little chicken rat,” Hunt said.
“I’d like to be on the undercard for that world title fight for Rob Whittaker. That would be awesome being a part of history right there in Perth.”
Hunt and Werdum fought at UFC 180 for the interim heavyweight title, which saw Werdum knocking Hunt out in the second round. Hunt was hoping for a rematch Werdum at UFC Sydney, but Werdum wasn’t interested. When Hunt was forced off the card, Werdum stepped in on short notice, something that doesn’t sit well with Hunt who believes it is proof that Werdum knows their first fight was a fluke.
“I don’t know why Werdum doesn’t want to party,” said Hunt.
“We asked to do Japan, we asked to do Sydney and he said no. Then the next minute gets the fight against Tybura. He said ‘no’ to me, but ‘yes’ to Tybura, the little rat.”
“He knows he’ll get knocked out. That’s the only reason I can think why (he won’t fight again),” Hunt said. “He got me in Mexico, but I sure as hell doubt it’ll go the same way the next time we fight. Three and a half weeks’ notice and 21 kilograms later … I was schooling that punk-ass too. He got lucky with that knee.”
Hunt wants not only want to settle the score with Werdm, he wants a shot at the title. While Francis Ngannou following his star making knockout of Alistair Overeem, is set to challenge Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title early next year, there is not clear challenger after. A matchup between the third-ranked Werdum and the fifth-ranked Hunt could well determine the next guy in line for the winner of Miocic-Ngannou, and that’s what Hunt is hoping for.
“I don’t want to sit around forever. I need a top guy, I need to get back to work,” Hunt said.
“This is my last shot at getting the strap. Hopefully, they’ll give me someone in the top 10 – someone above me – and all I can see is that Werdum is the only one available. I don’t know what’s happening with Cain [Velasquez] – he hasn’t fought in forever. Alistair [Overeem] is still looking for his soul somewhere after getting upper-cutted out of the universe, and Ngannou’s got the title shot.”
“If I can get over Werdum, I should be next in line to fight the champ. I could be champ by next year. Now it’s just about getting Werdum to say yes.”
Hunt is already working on a backup plan, just in case Werdum declines again. Hunt suggested via social media, that he is now preparing to fight someone other than “the spineless coward mutt Werbum,” and all indications are it’s eleventh-ranked Aleksei Oleinik.
“U have called me out and now I’m going to give it to u right in that big mouth of yours I’m going to wrap this gift up nice and tight for u boiii so u never compete again at this level the only good thing I can say about u is u are not a spineless coward mutt like werbum there isn’t anything worst for me than someone who is scared to fight like werbum #standupinthegameormovethefuckasidebitch#FUKMEDED #someonesgettingrolled [sic]”