In response to Mark Hunt’s recent lawsuit against Brock Lesnar for his doping charges dating back to UFC 200, Lesnar’s lawyers have now returned fire and filed a motion on Thursday to the Nevada District Court in order to dismiss Hunt’s legal actions (h/t MMA Junkie). With 30 pages making up the motion (view them all here), Lesnar’s attorneys, Peter S. Christansen, Kendelee Works and Howard Jacobs, pick apart Hunt’s lawsuit piece by piece, coming to the conclusion that his allegations are not “anchored in a bed of facts.”
“Plaintiff’s RICO [Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act] claim is so incredibly deficient as to defendant Lesnar, that it is difficult to know where to even begin,” states the motion. “As an initial matter, plaintiff lacks standing to bring this claim, because he does not even allege the type of injury that is covered by the RICO statute.
“Furthermore, as to defendant Lesnar, the complaint fails to plead long-term criminal activity, fails to plead a predicate act, fails to adequately plead intent, fails to adequately plead fraud, fails to adequately plead false pretenses, fails to adequately plead the requisite pattern of activity, and fails to adequately plead a conspiracy within the meaning of the RICO statute.”
According to Lesnar’s attorneys, Hunt’s claim is an attempt “to convert a positive test for trace amounts of a banned substance … into a scheming RICO claim.” Lesnar was granted a special exemption by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to compete at UFC 200 without four months of testing and earned a whopping $2.5 million for his original unanimous decision win over “Super Samoan.” Hunt has tried to obtain some of that show money for competing against yet another fighter hopped up on steroids, but has failed in his attempts thus far.
“The fact that Mr. Lesnar may have negotiated a more lucrative contract with the UFC than plaintiff may be cause for Mr. Hunt to complain to his agent or manager, but cannot and should not form the basis for the complaint to this court in this cause of action,” read the motion.
This news comes just a few weeks after Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) filed its own motion to dismiss Hunt’s lawsuit against the promotion, president Dana White and company, for allegedly colluding with Lesnar in a criminal and fraudulent matter. The defendants’ motions will be heard in court on May 15.