Hey, remember when Old Man Jenkins would blame those meddling kids for his recurring failures, and not the fact that he was too old to stay competitive in the villain game? Yeah, that has nothing to do with this, I just thought it was weird.
Speaking of old farts who need a shrink, it seems former UFC heavyweight hurter, Mark Hunt, was told by a sports psychologist that his employer’s oppression is the reason the 44 year-old “Super Samoan” dropped four of his last five, and not the fact that mixed martial arts (MMA) is a young man’s game.
That’s according to a conversation Hunt had with MMA UK, helpfully transcribed by MMA Fighting.
“The moment I realized I was never gonna get a title shot, that’s the time I started losing,” Hunt said. “Since the Derrick Lewis fight, every fight after that has been not good at all. I actually went to see a sport [psychologist] about it and he hit it on the head straightaway when I talked to him: it’s hard to work for a company that’s cheated you and a lot of other fighters.”
Hunt blew one of many gaskets in the wake of his UFC 200 loss to Brock Lesnar, after the pro wrestling import flunked both his pre- and post-fight drug tests. In fact, the former K-1 kickboxer filed a lawsuit against his former opponent, as well as the promotion.
While that might seem a bit extreme considering the circumstances, it’s easy to understand his frustration. Hunt claimed in a 2016 interview that he “fought more juicers than anybody” and looking at his resume, he may not be wrong.
Here’s a list of his opponents who either failed drug tests or served drug-related suspensions:
Junior dos Santos
Not surprisingly, the recent Jon Jones drug-testing debacle and chief apologist, Jeff Novitzky, once again left Hunt feeling down in the Auckland dumps.
“They’ve actually taken my love for fighting away because of how they promote steroids and cheaters, how they’ve done it all,” Hunt continued. “I actually thought Jeff Novitzky was a nice person but he’s just a sellout. You’re a sellout, bro. That’s the bottom line. Look at the situation with Jon Jones and [Alexander] Gustafsson. They move a whole freakin’ show for one cheating guy. All the fans miss out on all their airlines, all their flights, all that jazz. They miss out all because of this one idiot.”
Hunt (13-14-1, 1 NC) fought out his UFC contract in a losing effort against Justin Willis, a tepid performance that left many fans scratching their collective heads. While the soon-to-be 45 year-old “Super Samoan” is rumored to be making his return to Japan, where he also competed for PRIDE FC, nothing is official at this time.