BREAKING: Mark Hunt files civil suit against UFC, White, Lesnar
It has just been reported by Brett Okamoto of ESPN that UFC heavyweight contender Mark Hunt has filed a civil suit against the UFC, Dana White, and Brock Lesnar.
The suit was filed in Las Vegas, Nevada, today and alleges that the above mentioned “affirmatively circumvented and obstructed fair competition for their own benefit.” This is in regards to his most recent UFC bout, a unanimous decision loss at UFC 200 against Brock Lesnar.
Since learning that Lesnar failed multiple drug tests both before and after the fight, Hunt has been very public about his disdain for how things were handled. Lesnar was the third consecutive opponent of Hunt’s to test positive for banned substances following their matches with him.
His next fight is at UFC 209 against Alistair Overeem. Overeem tested positive for banned substances in 2012. Prior to signing a bout agreement Hunt campaigned to have Overeem forfeit his purse should he fail a post-fight drug test.
A big point of contention for Hunt in all of this was the lack of severity with which he feels Lesnar was punished following UFC 200. Although Brock was fined $250,000 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and suspended for one year, Hunt feels the UFC should have take his entire $2.5 million purse from him.
It is hard to argue with Hunt’s stance given that Brock was granted an exemption from joining the 4-month testing window required for fighters returning to the UFC. Additionally, Lesnar’s first failed test was on June 28th while UFC 200 was on July 9th, and that doesn’t sit well with Hunt.
While the results of the June 28th test were not made public to the UFC or the NSAC, they could have paid to have them expedited but chose not too.
It is a very interesting position to be in, having a fight scheduled while at the same time suing the promotion that is booking you. But alas, that is where we are. More on this story as it becomes available.