Hunt: I Am Healthy, Let Me Fight
Earlier in October, Mark Hunt was taken out of the main event fight at UFC Sydney. The reason stated by the UFC were due to medical concerns brought up by Hunt in a self-penned testimonial for the Player’s Voice. In the piece he noted memory loss, and potential lingering issues due to fighting. Hunt exploded at UFC President Dana White on his Instagram, saying that he was completely cleared to fight and asking why he was taken off the card. And in an interview with ESPN, Hunt is still looking for answers.
“A journalist rings me up and says, ‘You’re not fighting in Sydney…’ I had to check to see if it was true. I was really upset by that. I’ve lost a lot of money on this camp, and losing this fight will cost me over $1 million. I had plans for that money. I have taxes to pay. To hear it from a journalist – they could have called me themselves.”
“And the thing is, I didn’t know why they pulled me. I still don’t. I’ve passed all the medicals. I’d like to know the reason I’ve been put on the sideline.”
The UFC continues to reiterate that they pulled Hunt for fear of the problems he outlined in the Player’s Voice piece. White went on to clarify that sometimes it was his job to protect fighters from themselves, but Hunt is not believing the UFC President, claiming thatthat White didn’t care about protecting him when he allowed Hunt to fight known PED abusers and, perhaps even more damning, in two weeks when they will put on a fight with a man who says he’s seen aliens.
“There’s nothing in the results that says I can’t fight. . . The UFC says they’re acting for my well-being; why did they put me in the Octagon with all these cheaters, then? Why are they letting Georges St-Pierre fight again when he’s talked about seeing aliens? They just let a guy fight with a staph infection last week. If they’re worried about our well-being, why did they do all that?”
Hunt is currently in the process of suing not only UFC, Dana White, and Brock Lesnar personally over Hunt’s fight with Lesnar at UFC 200 Hunt alleges that unfair circumstances against him have substantively caused him financial and physical harm. Hunt has fought twice since filing the lawsuit but firmly believes the UFC is attempting to getting back at Hunt for suing them.
Following his removal from UFC Sydney, Hunt has only three fights remaining on his contract. While the main event of the UFC Sydney event will feature former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum taking on Marcin Tybura in the main event.