Mark Hunt speaks about Brock Lesnar and UFC during the MMA Hour phone interview with Ariel Helwani on Monday, 25th July 2016.
You hardly ever see The Super Samoan with no smile on his face. Indeed, Mark Hunt is one of the most friendly personalities of the fight sport. Humble with a great sense of humor the hero of kickboxing and MMA generally turns into a badass inside the octagon only. However, the current situation he has to deal with, is certainly not keeping him happy.
Mark Hunt lost to Brock Lesnar at UFC 200 in Las Vegas earlier this month. It is though not really a defeat which is the reason of his upset. Lesnar twice failed the drug test for the anti-estrogen agent hydroxy-clomiphene.
No doubts, in the eyes of an elite sportsman such as Mark Hunt, this kind of a situation has nothing to see with the fair play that any sport stands for.
The UFC reportedly had yet to contact Mark Hunt about the Lesnar situation. The Super Samoan urged the company to take action.
This morning Ariel Helwani hit the stream with the MMA Hour. The Episode 340 was filmed in New York City on Monday, 25th July 2016. It features Mark Hunt, Chael Sonnen, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Julianna Peña, Michael Page, Michelle Waterson, Mackenzie Dern, Daniel Leith and more.
‘If I die in there’
During the phone interview Mark Hunt expressed his disappointment. He certainly had enough. Alongside an obvious unfair treatment, he again raised a question about the safety of those inside the cage.
“Before the fight I was assuming he was cheating,” Hunt said. “Look at him. There’s no way that guy makes 265 pounds [120kg]. That guy is a gimp, he’s sticking needles in his ass like the rest of these cheaters. And the thing about that is, he’s sitting here saying ‘this is a fair place.’ Well, it’s not fair. These guys are cheating and they should be in court for it. [They should] lose all of their money if they’re cheating, because if I die in there, who’s going to look after my family.
“That’s corrupt sh*t, man. These motherf*ckers should be penalized hard. Dirty, scummy, cheating scum. That’s how that monkey won his world title. He didn’t do it by doing it clean. He did it by cheating, just like the rest of these cheaters.”
Moreover, this was the third time that Mark Hunt fought an opponent in the UFC who failed to pass the drug test. The decision of the 2013 fight with Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva that went into a draw was overturned in a ‘no contest’. The bout last March with Frank Mir, Hunt scored via one-punch knockout. It though changes nothing.
“The best outcome is if the company that I work for says, ‘you’ve been cheating, you lose all of your [fight purse], and since it was cheating, you get fined. You get sued and you get a fine. You’re going to straight to court, criminal court, because what you’ve done is an offense.’ That’s what I want done,” Hunt said.
“So that these guys who are cheating don’t have more incentive to do it, because they do it for financial gain. If you take all of that away, they get nothing.”
“Make them banned for five or ten years. There goes your career. Five, ten years, you have no career left and not only that, you lose all of your money. You’re done as a fighter. That’ll stop you from doing it. That’s what I want to see done. I won’t be a part of any company who says ‘we don’t mind you cheating or doing this or that,’ otherwise then every monkey will be [cheating].”
‘Did they knew’
Ahead of the bout Lesnar received a grant from UFC for an exemption to the four-month testing window.
“What upsets me about that is, I’m just thinking maybe they knew,” Hunt said.
“Did they know about this? Is that why they’re not doing anything about it? Did they give this f*cking fool an exemption for four months because they knew about this? Because surely if they knew about this, they don’t give a rat’s about any of us.” ‘Hey man, we’ll let this juiced up freaking monkey go in here and then go and fight with this guy.’ I mean, shucks, people say you should have a rematch with him. I wouldn’t want to waste my time with that. He’s rubbish. And they say ‘he beat you up.’ If he didn’t stick a needle in his ass, then maybe it would be different.”
‘Union needs to be formed’
Mark Hunt came up with an idea for a potential Fighters Association. The union where the athletes stick together, can speak out and as a result be heard. Among everyone UFC strawweight champion from Poland Joanna Jedrzejczyk showed solidarity with New Zealand-Australian big man.
“If you’ve got a big needle in your ass then you must be really scared of losing.”
“I think this is a time that a union needs to be formed. All of these fighters need to get together, because we’re sending the wrong message. The message we’re sending out to all of these people who are watching this sport, aw man, you can get away with f*cking anything.”
‘What a joke’
“To make it in the UFC, you stick a needle in your ass, end up getting millions of dollars if you make it to the top. That’s easy. Better that, give you an exemption for four months, and not only that, they’ll give you your own press conference. That fool had his own press conference and made everyone wait for his own press conference. What a joke.”
‘F*ck the UFC’
“I’ll go and work somewhere else,” Hunt said. “Like I said, I don’t give a sh*t. If we’ve got to sue their asses, well then f*ck you, you’re going to get sued. You scummy c*nts. The problem is everyone these days, ‘man, I want to get into the UFC.’ F*ck the UFC. You’re sh*t. You motherf*ckers don’t look after nobody.
“We’ll let this f*cking white piece of sh*t f*cking stick needles in his ass and say, ‘oh, he’s going to take us all the way to the f*cking bank.’ Let’s give him f*cking millions of dollars and not worry about this motherf*cker. You know what? F*ck that and f*ck your sh*t company. Look at that for a contract. You can sue me on that, motherf*ckers.
“People are scared for years because the company is going to get them,” Hunt added. “Well, f*ck the company. They don’t give a sh*t about you or anyone else. If I walk away now, I don’t care. I walk away knowing that I haven’t cheated to get in this spot. I can keep my head [up] and say, you know, I might have to make a lot of different sacrifices to change the way things are, but so be it. That’s fine. At least I knew that I went to the top and all you find at the top are dirty f*cking scummy cheaters, and a company that’s going to help them do it.”
“I’ll be comfortable with that. There’s no way I even worry about that. You get told that it’s a clean sport, and people are testing, they’re doing this and that, that’s fine you’re doing all that testing, but what penalties are these monkeys giving them? You’re not giving no penalties at all.”
‘Enough is enough’
“USADA, f*cking NASA, whatever the f*ck they are, what penalties are they giving them? Nothing. They’re just saying, ‘oh hey, we caught this guy cheating and he has to give us all this money.’ Why the f*ck should you get it? Why should they get that sh*t? They’re not the ones who lost. They’re not the ones who had their brand go down.”
“I didn’t say anything when I beat the other two guys who I fought who were cheating, and probably the rest of the other cheaters that I fought, but at the end of the day, enough is enough.”