Mark Hunt just can't seem to catch a break.
The New Zealand heavyweight keeps finding himself drawn into unusual circumstances where his opponents are given unfair advantages. There's his lawsuit against UFC and Brock Lesnar over the promotion waiving a four month USADA drug testing period for the pro wrestler, only to have Lesnar's tests show he had clomiphene in his system after defeating Hunt. And now Hunt is railing against another instance where he feels the deck was stacked against him in his latest loss to Alistair Overeem.
That fight went down at UFC 209 in March, and UFC president Dana White revealed following the event that Overeem had been sick with food poisoning and nearly pulled out of the bout. But an emergency IV from doctors allowed him to compete ... something that's typically illegal under USADA rules. Hunt shared his frustration with the situation on “The MMA Hour.”
“I still don’t understand why he was allowed an IV," Hunt said. "If you’re going to set a rule, set a rule for everyone, not change it for your own liking, your own benefit.... I think it’s just a whole crock of sh*t. It’s all made-up rubbish. It’s rubbish, you know? Have rules for everyone, not changing them for anyone.
“I would’ve told him to toughen up,” he continued. “F*ck. Toughen up, mate. He didn’t look sick when he got to the fight. He looked like he was pretty hydrated there. I don’t believe he was sick at all. He made s**t up, and they said, ‘Oh, here, have an IV. Give you a bit more help.’ Load of s**t. I think I might say that next time, ‘I’m sick, I’m sick.’ Rubbish. He got away with cheating and that’s it. He got away with it, so good on him. He didn’t get caught, they gave him help. Well f**k, you’re still a cheater to me."
This isn't as clear cut a case of cheating as the Lesnar situation (where Hunt alleges UFC delayed signing a bout contract for UFC 200 with Lesnar to keep him from being extensively tested). Overeem's IV use was approved by USADA, and he doesn't cut weight to compete in the heavyweight division, meaning he didn't need help rehydrating before the fight.
So we're not sure exactly what kind of advantage Alistair managed to get out of the whole situation. But it certainly seems to have rubbed Mark Hunt the wrong way, and after several fights against opponents who have histories of PEDs use, you can tell he's feeling pretty suspicious about everything.
Hunt takes on Derrick Lewis in his native home of New Zealand on June 11, 2017.