Former UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt takes a dim view of his former promoter’s plans to restart its schedule in Could and lodge fighters on “Combat Island.”
The one octagon motion Hunt is holding tabs on today is an enchantment of the federal lawsuit in opposition to the promoter that he mentioned “wasn’t accomplished correctly.” And wanting an entire 180-degree flip in the best way the trade chief does enterprise, his evaluation of the UFC is “a rubbish firm.”
“All [fans are] doing is paying for them to get richer and richer, and all these fighters are getting screwed,” Hunt advised MMA Preventing. “So I don’t assist them in any respect. I don’t care what they’re doing. … Selling some fights on an island, who offers a f*ck? They permit these cheaters to get by, and it’s simply enterprise.
“[UFC fighters aren’t] even staff. They’re contractors. They share 4 % of the income, so why would you assist that? The fighters aren’t getting the advantages. I believe it’s a joke.”
Hunt’s lawsuit was dismissed this previous November after nearly all of its claims have been struck down. He introduced on further counsel and not too long ago filed a quick for an appellate court docket to overview his case, which facilities round his ill-fated assembly with Brock Lesnar at UFC 200. He alleges the promotion conspired to cheat him out of a good combat when Lesnar was given an exemption from drug testing and later got here up constructive for a banned substance. He additionally alleges he misplaced out on future alternatives on account of a call loss to the WWE star and ex-UFC champ.
UFC father or mother Zuffa requested Hunt pay again $388,000 in authorized charges after its win in court docket. This previous December, it requested for a default ruling in its favor after Hunt didn’t contest the movement.
Earlier this month, Hunt advised Duello Channel that he deliberate one other lawsuit in opposition to the promoter. He declined touch upon the go well with; his legal professional Brian W. Boschee, who joined Hunt’s unique legal professional Christina Denning on the enchantment, advised MMA Preventing they mentioned the potential for suing the UFC for allegedly making an attempt to drive him to combat Alistair Overeem at UFC 209.
Hunt mentioned he’s joined on to the continuing antitrust litigation in opposition to the UFC and is ready for the choose to resolve whether or not the fighters will obtain the category certification they should transfer ahead on anticompetitive claims in opposition to the promotion.
Within the meantime, Hunt mentioned he’s spending extra time along with his household and serving to out the place he can with teammates, who like him have been pressured to pause their regular schedules throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Requested concerning the UFC’s scheduled fights throughout the public well being disaster, the 46-year-old New Zealander mentioned it was no shock that the promotion is shifting ahead regardless of the potential dangers.
“Look why they’re there,” he mentioned. “They let juiced-up cheaters combat in opposition to guys who don’t cheat, they usually don’t give a sh*t in the event that they die or not.
“Look how they deal with the fighters. You suppose the UFC really cares concerning the fighters or the individuals who watch? Look what they did with Jon Jones. They moved his present in a single week from Las Vegas to California. They took all of the followers that paid to go there to go f*ck themselves on Christmas. And all of the fighters who fought on the cardboard misplaced 10 % of their purse? You suppose the UFC cares about individuals? They don’t give a shit. Individuals want to truly see what they’re actually doing.”
Though Hunt beforehand talked about a return to competitors within the boxing ring, he mentioned his tenure with the UFC “took away my love for combating,” and he’s in no rush to return to fight sports activities.
“The time proper now could be fairly unusual for everyone, however I’m really fairly completely happy I can converse freely about every thing, as an alternative of making an attempt to carry my tongue about it,” he mentioned.
Hunt mentioned he would think about his enchantment a victory if he was capable of get the UFC to comply with its personal anti-doping guidelines. He mentioned he by no means “premeditated” a protracted authorized slog in opposition to the trade chief, which initially introduced him on for a single combat when it acquired PRIDE in 2007.
“I simply tried to do my job, and I’m bored with getting screwed by the corporate,” he mentioned. “Individuals say, ‘Properly, perhaps you must have gained extra fights.’ Properly, perhaps they shouldn’t have allowed these cheaters to get away with it on a regular basis and gotten no punishment. The punishment they’re getting for dishonest is nothing. I don’t even suppose that d*ckhead Lesnar has paid his wonderful but.”