Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White really loves heavyweight slugger Mark Hunt (his words), and wants the aging "Super Samoan" to stick by his side until the end of his already-legendary mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
That's because Hunt blew a gasket when news broke that Brock Lesnar, who mugged and slugged his way to a unanimous decision win over the former K-1 kickboxer, failed a pair of drug tests administered by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Hunt explodes during his conversation with MarkHunt.tv:
"The way I see it, the Brock Lesnar doping thing is just another reason why we need a fighter's association. These guys are just making up the rules as they go. First the Reebok thing, then Brock's four-month testing exemption. Conor [McGregor] gets pulled off a card for not going to a press conference that me or Brock didn't go to anyway. Work that out. There's probably a heap of others. They say they are cleaning up the sport, yet I've risked my health two times against guys cheating since this USADA thing started. I was told Brock was gonna be tested when I took the fight, he comes in looking fricken juicy as hell and then I find out he's popped after the PPV has already been sold. It's ridiculous. The fact that they haven't even bothered to make contact with me since all of this happened just proves they don't care. I'm pretty sure all of this stuff is just there to look good for the sale if you ask me. These guys have lined there pockets with our blood if you ask me. I mean they deserve to get paid no doubt, they took the UFC from nothing into what it is today, but come on, most of the guys fighting, get paid nothing and have no benefits. We are massive reason why fans watch the sport and we risk our health to do it. I'm not sure what its like in the states, but in Australia workers stick together to make sure their voice is heard. Lots of guys have talked about this, but someone needs to make this happen and I'm happy for it to be me. To the fighters listening to this I want them to get in touch with me via my Facebook page and we can get thing going. I won't name anyone until we sort it all out, but get in touch and lets make this happen."
This isn't the first time a combatant has called for some sort of union or fighter's association, but those conversations usually happen behind closed doors (unless you're this guy). I'm sure the Las Vegas Culinary Union would love to get its grubby little hands on Hunt's new movement, especially now that UFC is in a state of transition.
But you can't have a union without unity.