Mad Mark Hunt issues ultimatum to UFC over Brock Lesnar’s failed drug test
Mark Hunt is not a happy man.
The veteran heavyweight erupted after news broke on Friday that Brock Lesnar had been flagged for a potential doping violation stemming from a drug test administered before their fight at UFC 200.
Lesnar defeated Hunt by unanimous decision in his first fight in five years after retiring from the UFC in 2011.
After hearing the news about Lesnar’s positive drug test, Hunt exploded when speaking to FOX Sports Australia and said he’s demanded the UFC give him half the purse Lesnar earned for UFC 200 or he’s asking for his release.
"I said (to the UFC), ‘If you don’t give me half his (expletive), I’m walking away from this company, I want out of here. This is rubbish’," Hunt said on Friday.
You better do something. I already talked to the bosses. They better do something or I want out of here, I want a release from my contract. You guys are just making a mockery out of us, you’re making a fool out of me, you make me look like an idiot.
— Mark Hunt
Lesnar made a record $2.5 million for his performance against Hunt, not including pay-per-view proceeds, although he could face fines and penalties from the Nevada State Athletic Commission as a result of the failed drug test from USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency).
Hunt’s ire also comes from three UFC opponents being flagged for banned substances.
In 2013, Hunt fought to a draw with Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, who later tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone. Former heavyweight champion Frank Mir was recently flagged for a doping violation following his fight with Hunt earlier this year, and now Lesnar is in the same situation.
"I lost on that night to some (expletive) cheat," Hunt said about Lesnar. "There’s no way he could weigh 265 (pounds) like me — he was about 500 kilos, there was no (expletive) way he was weighing in at my weight.
"It just makes a mockery of the whole sport, it makes a fool out of all of us, all the people who’ve paid money for top-end fighting — now all they’ve got is a cheat against a guy who doesn’t cheat."
Lesnar maintains the right to have his ‘B’ sample tested by USADA as well as an appeals process before he faces any potential sanctions. But Hunt doesn’t expect Lesnar’s ‘B’ sample to clear his name.
"There’s no freaking way it’s not going to come back positive. I think he should either forfeit his purse or refund all the (expletive) money to people who paid to watch it," Hunt said.
"Half of his purse should come to me — maybe all of it. The guy shouldn’t get a cent. That, or refund everyone that paid money. They paid for an even playing field — they didn’t get that. They got a cheater against a guy not cheating. I’m lucky I didn’t get injured. I think it’s rubbish. I think all of his (expletive) should be taken off him. There’s no penalties or deterrents to guys that are cheating. This is not the first time, this is the third time I’ve had to fight someone doping."