Mark Hunt (pictured), you are my hero. The UFC heavyweight put his bosses on blast during yesterday’s epic interview with “The MMA Hour” for not doing a better job of protecting their fighters from performance-enhancing drug users.
Hunt has been on the warpath ever since it was announced July 15 that Brock Lesnar, who dominated Hunt for a lopsided unanimous decision victory at UFC 200, had been flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for using a banned estrogen blocker in the July 9 event.
Hunt initially wanted a piece of Lesnar’s UFC-record $2.5 million show purse, but now he is demanding more from the UFC. He wants action – for the betterment of the sport and protection for the clean fighters.
“The best outcome is if the company that I work for says, ‘You’ve been cheating, you lose all of your [fight earnings], and since it was cheating, you get fined. You get sued and you get a fine. You’re going to straight to court, criminal court, because what you’ve done is an offense.’ That’s what I want done,” Hunt said on the popular weekly show. “So that these guys who are cheating don’t have more incentive to do it, because they do it for financial gain. If you take all of that away, they get nothing.
“Make them banned for five or 10 years. There goes your career. Five, 10 years, you have no career left and not only that, you lose all of your money. You’re done as a fighter. That’ll stop you from doing it. That’s what I want to see done. I won’t be a part of any company who says ‘we don’t mind you cheating or doing this or that,’ otherwise then every monkey will be [cheating].”
This marks the third UFC athlete in Hunt’s past seven outings to get popped for a banned substance, so his ire is understandable. Hunt didn’t make any demands after Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva used testosterone in their 2013 instant classic, which resulted in a majority draw, nor when former champion Frank Mir was busted for a potential anti-doping violation after Hunk knocked him out in March.
Hunt previously highlighted the fact that, even though Silva was hit with a nine-month suspension, the Brazilian actually returned to the cage sooner to make a living than Hunt because Hunt had suffered a broken hand in their shootout.
As a 12-year veteran of the violent sport, Hunt is clearly concerned about the long-term affects his body has taken at the hands of cheaters.
UFC president Dana White has been an advocate for Hunt in the past, but might not be after hearing this rants.
“I’ll go and work somewhere else,” Hunt said. “Like I said, I don’t give a sh*t. If we’ve got to sue their asses, well then f*ck you, you’re going to get sued. You scummy c*nts. The problem is everyone these days, ‘man, I want to get into the UFC.’ F*ck the UFC. You’re sh*t. You motherf*ckers don’t look after nobody.
“We’ll let this f*cking white piece of sh*t f*cking stick needles in his ass and say, ‘Oh, he’s going to take us all the way to the f*cking bank.’ Let’s give him f*cking millions of dollars and not worry about this motherf*cker. You know what? F*ck that and f*ck your sh*t company. Look at that for a contract. You can sue me on that, motherf*ckers.
“People are scared for years because the company is going to get them,” Hunt added. “Well, f*ck the company. They don’t give a sh*t about you or anyone else. If I walk away now, I don’t care. I walk away knowing that I haven’t cheated to get in this spot. I can keep my head [up] and say, you know, I might have to make a lot of different sacrifices to change the way things are, but so be it. That’s fine. At least I knew that I went to the top and all you find at the top are dirty f*cking scummy cheaters, and a company that’s going to help them do it.
“I’ll be comfortable with that. There’s no way I even worry about that. You get told that it’s a clean sport, and people are testing, they’re doing this and that, that’s fine you’re doing all that testing, but what penalties are these monkeys giving them? You’re not giving no penalties at all. USADA, f*cking NASA, whatever the f*ck they are, what penalties are they giving them? Nothing. They’re just saying, ‘oh hey, we caught this guy cheating and he has to give us all this money.’ Why the f*ck should you get it? Why should they get that sh*t? They’re not the ones who lost. They’re not the ones who had their brand go down. I didn’t say anything when I beat the other two guys who I fought who were cheating, and probably the rest of the other cheaters that I fought, but at the end of the day, enough is enough.”
According to ESPN.com, UFC vice president of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky had “a lengthy conversation with Hunt” immediately after his tirade. The dialogue was reportedly “positive.”
The UFC hired the USADA last July to conduct year-round, random drug testing on their entire roster. In conjunction with their partnership, the UFC also levied heftier suspensions – first-time offenders for PEDs receive a two-year ban, four years with “aggravating circumstance” – as opposed to the one year suspension fighters used to receive.
While the USADA has caught countless cheaters during their first 12 months with the UFC, most of the test results don’t return until after they have already fought due to the lag time in obtaining the results. This was the case for Hunt in his fights with Silva, Mir and Lesnar.
Hunt wants to formulate a fighter’s union to go up against the big bad UFC. As a well respected veteran, who has clearly been on the wrong end of the PED whupping stick three too many times, Hunt might be the perfect man to spearhead the charge.
This also might be the perfect time to form the long-debated fighter’s union because the UFC is in the final stages of finalizing its $4 billion sale to a group led by talent agency giant WME-IMG. The UFC was small potatoes back then, but after this deal goes through they are on the cusp of mainstream penetration. Offering a clean product would go a long way in breaking the barrier.
Please click the media player below to hear Hunt’s wrath (3:20:24 mark):