Late Tuesday night, the UFC announced a heavyweight scrap between Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem for UFC 209. While Hunt has verbally agreed to the rematch, he’s still waiting to receive the bout agreement containing specific wording writen in bold print.
After three of his past seven opponents flunked their post-fight drug tests for performance-enhancing drugs, Hunt is demanding the UFC include a clause in his contract that will grant him 100 percent of his opponent’s purse – show and win money – if they subsequently test positive for any banned substances.
“My clause will protect me in this instance and take the financial gain of the opponent of caught cheating,” Hunt said on his official website. “That deterrent will protect me and other fighters. I’m pushing for this clause, I want to fight and I am ready. If the fight doesn’t go ahead it’s not my doing.”
When asked if Hunt would be willing to face Overeem in the March 4 event inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas without the stipulation, “The Super Samoan” was super adamant that the UFC would not receive his autograph on any bout agreement unless the clause was on there.
“I will not fight without this clause,” Hunt deadpanned. “I’ve already fought 3 dopers in a row and I’m not going to fight again without security. All I want is a fair go and an even playing field.”
Overeem submitted Hunt in their initial meeting in 2008. That was when Overeem looked like Ubereem and the Japanese were, let’s just say, lax on their drug testing.
Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva started the unfortunate cheating carousel for Hunt when he was popped for testosterone in their 2013 instant classic, which resulted in a majority draw. Former UFC champion Frank Mir was busted for oral turinabol metabolites after Hunk knocked him out in March. What really set Hunt off, however, was the beating he took at the PED-powered hands of Brock Lesnar at UFC 200.
Lesnar was flagged for the anti-estrogenic agent Hydroxy-clomiphene on two separate occasions prior to their July 9 tango. The first one was conducted during an out-of-competition screening by the USADA on June 28. The second one came the night of his July 9 fight against Hunt.
Of course, Overeem is no stranger to flunked drug tests. After years of speculation, the veteran was finally caught for having a Testosterone/Epitestosterone (T/E) ratio of 14:1, which is more than double the legal limit permitted by Nevada’s governing body, when the NAC sprung a random drug test on him prior to his scheduled UFC 146 title tilt with then-champ Junior dos Santos.
Last week, Lesnar reached an agreement with the Nevada Athletic Commission, the committee who sanctioned UFC 209. The WWE superstar was issued a one-year suspension, docked $250,000, 10 percent of his then-UFC record $2.5 million purse, and had his unanimous decision win over Hunt overturned to a no contest.
The no contest looks better for Hunt’s MMA résumé, but does nothing for his bank account or lost brain cells. Lesnar still walked away with a fortune after he receives his percentage of UFC 200’s pay-per-view sales.
Hunt made just $700,000 for the beating that he took.
The UFC has yet to publicly respond to Hunt’s demands. No MMA fighter has ever received such a clause in their bout agreement, but if anyone has the right to request it, it’s Hunt.