UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt is well known for keeping it real. Hunt has launched a tirade of abuse against the UFC president Dana White after it was revealed that Hunt would no longer be taking on Marcin Tybura in the main heavyweight event of UFC Sydney on Nov. 19 – due to ‘medical concerns’ over the comments Hunt made on brain damage.
Mark Hunt has been replaced by his heavyweight rival Fabricio Werdum, who he faced at UFC 180 back in November of 2014.
In case you don’t know, Werdum and Hunt had originally been set to face off at the UFC Fight Night 110. But Werdum claimed he was injured for the rematch with Hunt before suddenly agree to fight against Derrick Lewis at UFC 216 once Hunt was booked to fight Tybura.
Hunt was apparently displeased with the outcome, calling Werdum a “filthy dog” on Instagram.
Since his fight with Brock Lesnar at UFC 200, Hunt has been at odds with the UFC executives for over a year now.
Hunt recently penned a piece for PlayersVoice.com.au titled “If I die fighting, that’s fine,” in which he revealed some severe health concerns after 20 years of professional MMA and kickboxing. That prompted UFC officials to pull the 43-year-old slugger from the card.
As per The Daily Telegraph:
Following a recent first-person article published by heavyweight Mark Hunt, the UFC has taken the precautionary steps of removing Hunt from a previously announced bout in Sydney, Australia,”
“The health-related statements made by Hunt in the article represent the first time UFC was made aware of these claims. Athlete health and safety is of the utmost importance to the organization and it would never knowingly schedule an athlete complaining of health issues for a fight. The organization will require that Hunt undergo further testing and evaluations prior to competing in any future UFC bout.”
Hunt, 43, posted three selfies with profanity-laden captions to Instagram on Wednesday calling White a ‘piece of s**t motherf**ker’.
The UFC might be looking out best for Hunt, but he’s clearly not happy with its decision regarding his career.
This is what Hunt wrote for Players’ voice:
“I will probably end my life fighting,” Hunt wrote this past September.
“I’ve been fighting since I was a child, fighting to get out of my circumstances. I used to make $300 a week, struggling to put food on the table but I have become one of the highest-paid fighters in the world. I feel that’s destiny. This is what I’m supposed to be doing and if I die fighting, that’s fine. I just hope that if it does happen, it will be in an honest and fair competition.
“My body is f**ked but my mind is still here. I’ve still got my senses about me and I know what’s right and wrong, which is the main thing. Sometimes I don’t sleep well. You can hear me starting to stutter and slur my words. My memory is not that good anymore. I’ll forget something I did yesterday but I can remember the s**t I did years and years ago.
“That’s just the price I’ve paid – the price of being a fighter. But I’ve fought a lot of drug cheats and copped a lot of punishment from guys who were cheating and that’s not right.”
Mark Hunt followed up his initial IG post
In the following IG post, Hunt wrote that the reason that he has been pulled from UFC Sydney is due to the ongoing lawsuit and the company and not concerns over his health:
. "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"
Currently, Mark Hunt is suing the UFC, Dana White, and Brock Lesnar for fraud, battery, and civil conspiracy. Hunt accusing the promotion of allowing Lesnar to fight Hunt, despite allegedly being aware that Lesnar was using performance-enhancing drugs.
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