Mark Hunt Wants To Rally Fighters Against UFC: ‘They’ve Lined Their Pockets With Our Blood’
Mark Hunt is fed up and he’s not taking it anymore from the UFC. Since the conclusion of UFC 200 and after the USADA flagged two potential doping violations against Brock Lesnar, Hunt has been on a complete tirade about how unfair this situation has been. Brock was flagged for the same thing Jon Jones took and he was still able to compete while Jones was taken off the card.
Hunt believes he has a solution to all of this. He wants to form a UFC fighters association. Via his website, MarkHunt.Tv:
“The way I see it, the Brock Lesnar doping thing is just another reason why we need a fighter’s association,” Hunt said via phone interview. “These guys are just making up the rules as they go.
“First the Reebok thing, then Brock’s 4 month testing exemption. Conor gets pulled off a card for not going to a press conference that me or Brock didn’t go to anyway. Work that out. There’s probably a heap of others.”
“You just have to look at how Ariel gets his media pass taken away cause he broke a story about Brock, then he gets it back when other media stood up for him and called out the UFC.” He said. “These guys are just making sh*t it up as they go.
“Yet fighters refuse to support other fighters when they f*ck us over.
“They say they are cleaning up the sport, yet I’ve risked my health two times against guys cheating since this USADA thing started. I was told Brock was gonna be tested when I took the fight, he comes in looking fricken juicy as hell and then I find out he’s popped after the PPV has already been sold.
“It’s ridiculous. The fact that they haven’t even bothered to make contact with me since all of this happened just proves they don’t care.
“I don’t even know how he made 265lbs that guy, he looked about 500kgs. I mean shucks, look at the pictures and tell me this guy passed the smell test that Jeff guy talks about. I mean even the other passport stuff, which is supposed to be important for testing, they woulda had none of that from Brock because of the exemption.
“If you ask me the whole point of the four month testing period should be to make sure someone doesn’t pop back in, juiced to the gills, and beat the crap out of the guys who are clean and have been clean and tested this whole time.
“Once they decided they were gunna cut Conor out, they didn’t care, they just needed a name to make 200 big.” he said. “Exemptions for Brock but not for Conor, I don’t know how you can just do that.
“These guys have lined there pockets with our blood if you ask me. I mean they deserve to get paid no doubt, they took the UFC from nothing into what it is today, but come on, most of the guys fighting, get paid nothing and have no benefits.
“If you ask me there needs to be a system where they at least run things past the fighters before making these decisions and the fighters can look out for each other. We need an association where we can have our voices heard. We are massive reason why fans watch the sport and we risk our health to do it.”
When asked if he was interested in leading the charge for a Fighters Association despite the risk of a potential fall out with the UFC, he said he would.
“I’m not worried about the UFC,” he said. “Shucks, I’ve been fighting my whole life. Fighting to survive in my home, to the ring and now cage. These guys didn’t even want me in the UFC but here I am. I’m not scared of them.
“I’m not sure what its like in the states, but in Australia workers stick together to make sure their voice is heard. Lots of guys have talked about this, but someone needs to make this happen and I’m happy for it to be me.”
When asked what the next step in forming an official UFC fighters association was, Hunt suggested interested fighters should contact him directly.
“I mean shucks I’m not an expert on all this, but me and my team have been talking to the experts about how to make this a reality,” he said.
“To the fighters listening to this I want them to get in touch with me via my Facebook page and we can get thing going. I won’t name anyone until we sort it all out, but get in touch and lets make this happen.”