Mark Hunt was drafted in as Fabricio Werdum’s replacement to face Oleksiy Oliynyk in Moscow a few weeks ago on a UFC Fight Night card, and despite losing that fight, his spirits are still high.
At 44 years of age, Hunt seems happy to just be competing at the top end of the sport, and whilst admitting that he probably won’t ever get a title shot again in the UFC, he can still put in brilliant performances like his 2017 knockout of Derrick Lewis.
Perhaps what overshadows that in the previous few years though is his clash with Brock Lesnar at UFC 200, which initially he lost, before tests showed that the former heavyweight champion had failed a drugs test prior to the bout.
Lesnar was called out by Daniel Cormier following his defeat of Stipe Miocic for the World heavyweight championship at UFC 226, and after an in-ring scuffle between the pair, it seems as though Brock is the next challenger for DC.
Hunt doesn’t forget though, and he ripped in to the Lesnar, whilst also claiming that former champion Miocic has been unfairly treated in the situation.
“I don’t think it’s fair and I don’t think he should get anything, especially with the rankings,” said Hunt.
“I think he’s a piece of s**t like the rest of those cheaters.
“The rankings are rubbish, how does someone just come out of the blue especially some little-d**k cheater get a title shot?
“I don’t even know why DC [Cormier] is allowing it. If you stand up for fighting and no cheating, why do you pick the biggest cheater in the world?
“Stipe’s earnt his position, he’s defended it the most times, he’s a clean fighter which is the most important thing, he’s a great fricking champion and I’ve got nothing bad to say against Stipe.
“He should be getting another title shot, not just giving it Brock Lesnar, they should have kicked that monkey to the side.”
Hunt has a very valid point, and he has every right to be angry after the Lesnar debacle.
But he also had some extremely choice words for Jon Jones, who’s been banned multiple times for failed drug tests, and is currently serving a suspension.
Speaking to GiveMeSport from ESI London, Europe’s biggest esports business conference, Hunt said: “The guy was hiding underneath the Octagon for four to five hours, what kind of a champion is that?
“What kind of champion hides underneath the Octagon because some guys want to test him? That’s no role model, that’s no guy to put on stage and say ‘Oh he’s a great guy, he’s a dude we should look up to.'”
And Hunt thinks he has the perfect solution to combat drug cheats in MMA, explaining what set of rules fighters would abide by in his ideal world.
“How about we take away all the money they make?” questioned the Samoan.
“Whatever they make, don’t give them a Cent, that’s where we start, give it to their opponent who doesn’t cheat and then ban them.
“Five years for the first ban, then a life ban for the next sentence. Then you take away an incentive like money, you can’t survive without money, especially if you’re using steroids that cost a lot of money these days.
“These guys are stealing from us, they’re stealing from our children and everything and I don’t think that’s fair.
“I’m upset because the company is going to stick by them – it wasn’t the first time for Jones, it was the fourth time that this has happened, and they’ll put them through the USADA process – it doesn’t work.
“At the end of the day they need to send a different message out. In other sports, they send a harsh message out, they take their money, they ban them, why aren’t we the same? It’s the truth and some people are too scared to say it.”
Hunt is an ambassador for the eFL, an eSports Fighting League who’s teams are made from celebrities and sports personalities. Leagues within the competition involve games such as Mortal Kombat X, Tekken 7 and Ultimate Street Fighter 5.
The season lasts a gruelling 19 weeks before a two-day thriller event decides the champion team in each sub-league.