UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt has filed a lawsuit against the UFC.
Hunt’s civil suit is in opposition to UFC President Dana White and previous UFC Heavyweight Champion, and WWE famous person, Brock Lesnar. His lawsuit, which became filed in Nevada District court on Tuesday, says the defendants “affirmatively circumvented and obstructed honest opposition for his or her own advantage.”
Hunt is searching for financial remedy for the actions that took place in July at UFC 2 hundred. Hunt is searching for damages for each his fitness and overall emblem.
“I want the UFC to apprehend it’s no longer adequate to preserve doing what they’re doing,” Hunt instructed ESPN. “They’re permitting men to do this. they’d a risk to take all the cash from this man, due to the fact he’s a cheater, and they didn’t.
“What message is that sending to the men and ladies who need to be a fighter at some point? The message is, ‘You just need to cheat like this and it’s adequate.’ In society, if you devote a crime, you pay. Why is it exceptional in MMA? It’s harm the enterprise, so it’s even worse. They want to be held responsible for this.”
Lesnar failed his anti-doping drug take a look at by means of USADA for his combat towards Hunt at UFC two hundred. Lesnar initially gained the combat through decision. but, the fight has in view that been overturned to a no contest.
Lesnar has received a one-year suspension via each the Nevada Athletic fee and USADA due to the failed drug take a look at.
Hunt’s has an issue with the lack of punishment Lesnar received by using the UFC.
“as soon as we determined out the penalty was only 10 percentage of his purse, we went returned to the UFC and offered to accept (Lesnar’s) handbag quantity, much less than the $250,000 penalty,” Christina Denning, Hunt’s lead attorney stated. “We additionally desired them to just accept the clause shifting forward. Mark says the consequences aren’t harsh enough. What’s thrilling is that the consequences are harsh enough on paper, they’re just not being enforced by means of the UFC.”
Hunt’s lawsuit also offers with the UFC granting Lesnar an exemption from USADA trying out previous to his UFC go back. USADA guidelines country that returning UFC warring parties are subjected to months of testing before they are able to all over again compete inside the UFC.
“I didn’t want to be in this function,” Hunt said. “It puts me in a weird spot due to the fact I’m nonetheless underneath agreement. lovers say, ‘Mark, you knew he turned into juicing.’ I didn’t realize. You study him and suppose, ‘Yeah, he’s on the tools,’ but don’t choose a ebook by means of its cover and all that.
“This become the final straw. I misplaced that fight, it ruined it for my lovers. It wasn’t good. I asked to get out of my settlement however i’m able to’t. I need to paintings like everybody else.”
in spite of the lawsuit, Hunt continues to be scheduled to fight Alistair Overeem at UFC 209 on March four.