UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt touched down in Russia for UFC Battle Evening 136 on September 15 at Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Moscow, and shortly appeared on Submission Radio for a characteristically vigorous interview. He began off with questioning how Brock Lesnar obtained a title shot at UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.
Lesnar misplaced his belt in 2010, and bounced again solely to get overwhelmed down unhealthy by Alistair Overeem in 2011. In 2016 he returned vs. Hunt at UFC 200, and was awarded a Unanimous Choice.
Previous to the struggle, Hunto stated he was sure Lesnar had been utilizing Efficiency Enhancing Medicine. USADA has administered the UFC Anti-Doping Program since July 1, 2015; amongst different efforts it topics each fighter to random, complete, out of competitors testing for PEDs. If a fighter leaves the UFC and thus is not topic to testing, then upon return, there’s a four-month interval of PED testing required earlier than the primary struggle. New fighters haven’t any such restriction.
When Brock Lesnar determined to return, as a result of he had not fought since 2011 years earlier than the brand new PED coverage was put in place, he was handled like a brand new fighter, and was not topic to the four-month check and ready interval.
When Lesnar did return, he was examined extensively. Nonetheless, a few of these check outcomes got here again after the struggle had already occurred. And Lesnar failed an anti-doping check for Clomiphene. He was suspended for one yr by USADA. So Lesnar’s in solely struggle in a seven-year interval he predictably failed a PED check, and his reward was a struggle vs. the champ.
Hunt sued the UFC for the Lesnar struggle, and is outraged on the title shot. Hunt additionally supplied an eminently cheap suggestion – within the occasion of a failed PED check, take the fighter’s total purse.
“Why do we have now rating for?” requested Hunt. “And it’s what it, is man. That’s not my name, that’s simply the way in which it’s. I feel it’s s*** although. … How’s that work? The mom***er’s a cheater. How is that controversy? F***in’ little c*** is f***in’ dishonest, utilizing steroids. F***, man, how is that – speaking ‘just a little little bit of controversy?’ The f***ing man is dishonest.”
“He’s dishonest and making an attempt to harm me and also you say, ‘Oh, we’re going to be good right here’. Fuck that cheater. How are you gonna be good to the man that’s taking shortcuts, man? Don’t give him that. Why would you wish to give him that kind of s***? Fuck, they don’t deserve it. You recognize, all these guys are simply shortcut takers, and to me that’s all they’ll ever be. Nothing else.”
“I stated to Dana already concerning the s***, you realize, take that motherf***er’s cash off him. Don’t give it to me, simply take it off the c*** so he doesn’t get nothing. However he wouldn’t have it, in order that’s why we’re right here now. And with this lawsuit, all I’ve been making an attempt to do is make it a fair enjoying discipline. It’s not even these guys, these guys are dishonest flat out and so they’re nonetheless getting these alternatives. Why? Truthfully?”
“I do know the explanation why, however *** it. I’m not gonna sit round and play with them and get f****ing injured. Like I stated, I obtained accidents already from combating from guys which have been dishonest. And also you’re by no means the identical while you get injured like that. I imply, take a look at my hand. It’s damaged, it’s obtained 16 screws in it. I’m not as robust on this hand. It simply impacts you, particularly this physique being my livelihood.”
Hunt’s subsequent struggle is on Saturday vs. Alexey Oliynyk.
“I’ve met him a few instances, he’s really a pleasant man,” stated Hunt. “I find out about his Ezekiel choke. You recognize, we labored on that, on every part. On my combating, my guard, my stand-up. So like I stated, evolution makes you a greater individual. In the event you don’t study from the identical errors or another person’s, then you definitely’re nonetheless gonna be shedding. So, I stay up for dancing with Alexey. He’s a pleasant man.”
“I like competing, I like combating. I imply, I find it irresistible that it’s opening a brand new market. The Russian followers and other people can see me. I imply, I needed even earlier than this struggle, earlier than I fought Curtis and misplaced to Curtis I needed somebody greater. I stated to myself, it’s a very good alternative once more, I can open one other market, and it’s will get me nearer to ending my contract. Which is sweet. I’m not getting a high 5 man or something. I’ve gone from quantity 5 – 6 to quantity eight. Derrick Lewis, the man I beat, he’s quantity two, I’m like, I can’t catch a break right here. I do know I fucked up after I misplaced to Curtis, however it’s what it’s. So me getting again in there and competing is nice. That’s why I stated sure to Russia. And the f***in’ tax man doesn’t cease calling.”
“Effectively, I’m not going to attempt to take it to the place his recreation is. Like I stated, my recreation plan is straightforward and it’s all the time been easy. I practice for every part, put together for the worst. However my recreation plan is to simply go, knock his face off.”
Hunt needs the ultimate struggle on his UFC contract to be at UFC Battle Evening 142 on December 2, in Adelaide, Australia, which can function rising Aussie heavyweight Tai Tuivasa, and four-time judo Olympian Dan Kelly’s retirement struggle.
“I get to struggle the identical card as Tai on the undercard additionally. It’d be nice. It’d be a very good ship off. … It might be me and Dan (Kelly’s) retirement struggle, which is nice, you realize, combating at dwelling”
“It might be my final struggle with the UFC. So, it’d be nice. I don’t find out about retiring per se. It’d be ending from the large time. And, you realize, I wanna struggle three extra instances globally or 4. We’ll see what occurs for the division and chasing [the belt]. That lower that dream off. So, you realize, that’s the way it works, however who is aware of? Perhaps retire with Dan Kelly. It’d be enjoyable.”
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