Hunt Speaks Out After Being Removed From Next Fight
Saying that UFC Heavyweight Mark Hunt isn’t happy about being removed from his next fight, is an understatement. He’s furious.
Hunt was set to headline UFC Fight Night 121 against Marcin Tybura. But Hunt (13-11-1) was pulled from the card due to “medical concerns”. This comes after recent comments from Hunt about brain trauma sustained throughout his career. Former heavyweight champion Fabricio Wedumb (22-7-1) will now face Tybura (16-2) in the main event.
UFC Fight Night 121 takes place in Sydney, Australia, nearby Hunt’s home country of New Zealand. The fight is being aired on Fox Sports 1 on November 19. It’s safe to Hunt would’ve had the crowd on his side over Tybura, who from Poland.
Hunt claims he is already out of $100,000, the amount he spent on training expenses. He wasn’t shy about letting the organization know how he felt about being pulled from the fight. He expressed his feelings in an expletive-filled tirade on his Instagram.
Hunt didn’t stop there. He went onto say that he was cleared by doctors to fight and that he was joking about his fading memory.
On his last post, Hunt claims that the organization President Dana White “always hated” him.
. "I'm disappointed that I have been withdrawn from the fight, I have passed all medicals 2 days ago. And spent 100,000 on camp. The truth is the legal case I have filed has caused me to be withdrawn. The interview has been taken out of context and want to reassure all my fans, I slur my words only when I have a drink I'm fit and healthy, and would have understood if the UFC requested a medical to ensure my safety, however this is total bullshit fuck you Dana, you've always hated me you dog"
Hunt has always spoken up about his differences with the UFC. The heavyweight already has an ongoing lawsuit with the UFC stemming from his fight with Brock Lesnar in July 2016. The former heavyweight champion had a drug testing rule for its U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) program waved by the UFC, so Lesnar could fight in the octagon on short notice. Lesnar failed multiple drugs tests that were taking around the time of the fight, but took a few weeks until afterwards for the results to come back.
It appears Hunt plans to take further legal action towards the UFC for not allowing him to fight on the card next month. No word yet from the UFC or Dana White on Hunt’s remarks. But knowing White, it shouldn’t be long until he responds.