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Dana White: Mark Hunt ‘absolutely refused’ UFC-sponsored brain tests

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MMA: UFC 209-Hunt vs Overeem Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight bruiser Mark Hunt, much like ex-champion Cain Velasquez before him, incriminated himself in the media by admitting he was, perhaps, too damaged to be competing inside the cage.

Those comments included but were not limited to the frightening effects of brain damage like slurred speech, sleepless nights, and loss of memory, specifically named by “The Super Samoan” in a self-written post last September (read it).

As a result, Hunt was pulled from his UFC Sydney main event (details here) and hastily penned a follow-up post insisting his own words were taken out of context and that his removal was nothing more than punishment for this ongoing lawsuit.

White responds to The Daily Telegraph:

“How can you take your own words out of context? My team contacted his management within the first week of learning about these symptoms and offered to fly him to Las Vegas first class to visit the Lou Ruvo Brain Center — which is the best in the world for brain research — to get more tests done. And you know what? He absolutely refused. How can I put a guy with these symptoms he said he’s experiencing immediately back in the Octagon without additional tests?”

I wonder if they have a test for 20-foot demons?

Hunt (13-11-1,1 NC) competed twice this calendar year, losing by knockout to Alistair Overeem at the UFC 209 pay-per-view (PPV) before rebounding with a fourth-round finish over Derrick Lewis at UFC Fight Night 110.

He was replaced by Fabricio Werdum at next month's Sydney event.

If and when Hunt ever returns to UFC remains to be seen, but it doesn’t sound like the 43-year-old “Super Samoan” will be able to step into the cage without a battery of promotion-approved brain tests.