Mark Hunt seemingly had his fill of all things Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) after the bruising Heavyweight went on a rant against the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) league after it was revealed that Brock Lesnar failed a pair of drug tests after their fight at UFC 200 earlier this year. And he didn’t bite his tongue.
Since then, Hunt has been on a UFC warpath ain an effort to have the fight company strengthen its testing and punishments for performance-enhancing drug (PED) users. That bold stance has not stopped UFC matchmakers from offering Hunt fights, though, as "Super Samoan" revealed on "The MMA Hour" that he had to turn them down and lose out on "a lot of money" because the promotion refuses to put in clauses to protect him from "cheaters."
"Yes they offered me two fights," he said. "I missed out on a lot of money. They offered me to fight [Josh] Barnett in Melbourne. But, Barnett has had a history of doping. I still don’t have anything in my contract, put a clause in there to make it a fair environment. So. I said, 'No.'
"They offered me ‘JDS’ in Canada and I said, ‘I will take this fight, but you put in a clause saying that if he is doping I get all his money,'" he continued. "I don’t think he should get any benefits at all. The answer was, 'No.' So I’ve missed out on two fights already," added the heavy-handed brawler.
To be clear, Hunt says his stipulations aren’t solely to make him happy, but to make it fair for himself and every other fighter who has to compete against competitors who are trying to cheat their way to victories. When asked if he still plans to sue UFC, Hunt confirmed that those intentions have not changed.
"As soon as we happens with Brock Lesnar, of course. I want compensation for what’s happened and I want either that or release me from my contract," he said. "I already asked for a release a long time ago. If you’re not going to make it a legal playing field ... a fair go ... not going to put a clause in my contract to make me feel a bit more better, then why should I compete? I‘m already in a contract that I can’t get out of."
At the end of the day, however, Hunt says his love for fighting has not dwindled and he still wants to compete ... as long as he is assured his opponents are fighting on a level playing field.
"Why should I miss out on chasing my dreams because of these dopers?" he concluded.