What about Mark Hunt?
By Edward Carbajal
UFC 200 had two of its main card competitors violate USADA’s Anti-Doping Policy. A few days before the event Jon Jones was notified of his violation, then after the event news broke about Brock Lesnar. While we wait for suspensions and fines what does the opponent get for playing fair? What about Mark Hunt in particular?
Hunt has been very public in the days after UFC 200, expressing his anger at having a third opponent of his violating the UFC and USADA’s Anti-Doping Policy. Before his rant on the MMA Hour Monday, Hunt had done an interview on his own website; MarkHunt.tv where he brought up the need for a Fighter’s Union and expressed his feelings of being disregarded by the UFC.
Hunt cited the Reebok payouts and Lesnar’s four month exemption since he was brought on to fight a month before UFC 200. He seems most upset that the UFC has not reached out to him for any recompense considering he lost, and committed to everything he was asked leading right up to the event. Fans may remember while the UFC scrambled to fix the card, the open work outs which Lesnar showed up to and refused to work out. Mark Hunt did though, and you can see that here. Since this morning, ESPN had reported that UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky did finally reach out to Hunt, and had a dialogue that was described as "positive".
Do you think Hunt has a good case and can lead the charge for a Fighter’s Union? Not much has been brought up since the beginning of last year when fighter’s first brought up issue. Cung Le retired once he was on board with similar notions and Hunt also mentions he did not feel wanted by the UFC.
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Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.