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Hunt Turned Down JDS Fight For Anti-Doping Concerns


UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt’s last three opponents each ran afoul of doping regulations immediately after a fight with ‘The Super Samoan’.

Hunt and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva had what is likely the greatest heavyweight fight in UFC history; the draw was turned to a No Contest when Silva tested for elevated testosterone. Frank Mir attributed his failed test after fighting Hunt to eating kangaroo in Australia; this is unlikely as kangaroos for eating are hunted in the wild.

And most recently, Brock Lesnar failed a PED test before fighting Hunt, but the results came late, as Lesnar had been given an exemption from the usual waiting period. The self-described “jacked white boy”is looking at contaminated foot cream as a potential source of the failure, and doubtless enjoying the $2,500,000 he made. Hunt says Lesnar is probably laughing about it.

Hunt is understandably furious and has hired an attorney, Christina Denning, to try to get regulations tightened up further. Specifically, Hunt wants whatever part of the fighter’s purse is taken away for the test failure to go to the aggrieved fighter. Denning appeared recently on The Luke Thomas Show on SiriusXM radio and said Hunt had turned down a fight with Junior dos Santos at UFC 206 because he did not find the usual contract stipulations acceptable.

“Simply with respect to moving forward, Mark is getting older,” said Denning, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “He’s in his 40’s now. He is tired of fighting people who are, what he calls, ‘juicers.’ That does nothing for his brand when he has to take a loss and then it comes out later that the person is doping… That’s not advancing his career. So moving forward he wants to have bout agreements that provide for compensation to the non-doping fighter if one of the competitors is ultimately found to be doping. He thinks that would provide a deterrent for fighters to violate the anti-doping provisions.”

“This is not a new concept. All the sudden Mark hasn’t woken up after this Lesnar fight and said, ‘I really want to do something about doping violations.’ He’s always had a great disdain for doping in his sport and in the sport that he’s chosen to pursue. In his book…he expresses relief that when he finally got to the UFC, that the UFC actually had some anti-doping policies…This is not just coming out of nowhere for him. This is something he’s felt strongly about and he feels really let down by the UFC and he really wants to fight. He really wants to fight again, he just doesn’t want to be thrown in the ring with another person that tests positive for steroids.

“He’s had enough… He has a family. He’s getting older. These could be the last years of his fighting if he does ever fight again. He realizes that it’s just become very unfair and he’s sick of it and he doesn’t to end up hurt or dead and he doesn’t want anyone else to either.”

“Mark turned down the upcoming UFC 206 fight against Junior dos Santos because the UFC wouldn’t agree to the terms that we have proposed. The UFC folks haven’t shut any doors on us and they haven’t said we’ll never talk to you about a provision like this in the contracts. The door is open. I’m waiting for the UFC to call us and come up with a resolution.

“Normally I’d just file a lawsuit… but we are talking about it because he want’s to resolve it and he wants to fight. He just wants a fair fight. That’s what the UFC anti-doping policy, that’s what they state is the goal of it, to have a level playing field and it’s not.”

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.