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Majority of Mark Hunt’s lawsuit against UFC gets dismissed

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Mark Hunt’s lawsuit against UFC is quickly losing steam as all but one claim was dismissed earlier this week by a U.S. District Court judge in Nevada.

The former UFC heavyweight fighter is suing the promotion, UFC president Dana White, and Brock Lesnar for multiple claims stemming from Lesnar’s failed drug test dating back to his bout with Hunt at UFC 200 in 2016. Hunt is claiming that all parties are guilty of racketeering, fraud, civil conspiracy and battery, by allowing Lesnar to compete at UFC 200 despite knowing that he was using PEDs.

Remember, Lesnar was brought in on short notice to help bolster the UFC 200 pay-per-view (PPV) card and was not subjected to the usual reinstatement policy through United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which called for four months (later expanded to the current six-month rule) of testing before a fighter returns to the Octagon. UFC ended up gaining permission from USADA to waive the reinstatement rule and Lesnar was allowed to fight at UFC 200 with only one month of testing under his belt.

U.S. District Court (Nevada) judge Jennifer Dorsey dismissed all but one of Hunt’s claims earlier this week in a filing, per court records (h/t MMA Fighting). The only one that remains is Hunt’s claim against UFC of breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fear dealing.

All claims against White and Lesnar were dismissed as well.

Dorsey, who stated that just because Lesnar violated a rule of the mixed martial arts (MMA) “does not automatically negate Hunt’s consent,” had the following to say about her ruling:

“Like that intentional throw, the fact that Lesnar was allegedly doping violated the bout rules established by UFC and the NAC but does not alone establish that his conduct exceeded the ordinary range of activity in an MMA fight. As Hunt’s own allegations demonstrate, doping is an unfortunately common issue in MMA and was a risk he perceived. And although he argues that doping empowered Lesnar to move faster and hit harder, Hunt doesn’t allege that Lesnar’s conduct during the bout was somehow atypical—such as throwing Hunt out of the octagon or using ‘packed gloves’ or a weapon. Nor does Hunt claim that his injuries exceeded those typical of an MMA bout. Accordingly, I find that Hunt consented to his fight with Lesnar, which precludes civil-battery liability.”

So much for Hunt’s pursuit of Lesnar’s $2.5 million payday.

Lesnar, who has not competed since his no contest opposite Hunt, has yet to pay the $250,000 fine dished out by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for his failed drug test. The former UFC champion immediately jumped back into professional wrestling following his UFC 200 stopover.

Stick with Mania for further updates on Hunt’s remaining claim against UFC.

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