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Mark Hunt vs Alistair Overeem For UFC 209


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. Then the draw was turned to a No Contest when Silva tested for elevated testosterone. Hunt recently won a rematch handily.

Then Hunt knocked out Frank Mir in the first. Mir later failed a doping test, which he attributed to eating kangaroo in Australia. This is improbable as kangaroos for eating are hunted in the wild.

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” vowed to get to the bottom of it and looked at contaminated foot cream as a potential source of the failure. Lesnar was recently suspended for a year.

Hunt was understandably Hulk-smash furious and hired an attorney, Christina Denning, to try to get anti-doping regulations tightened up further. Hunt wants whatever part of the fighter’s purse is taken away for the test failure to go to the aggrieved fighter rather than to the regulatory or testing body.

However, Hunt and the UFC have apparently come to terms, as FOX Australia reports that he will fight Alistair Overeem

Overeem is coming off a title shot loss to Stipe Miocic at UFC 203 in September but had a four-fight win streak prior to that. Specific to Hunt’s concerns, in 2009 Overeem failed a PED test, and was suspended for just nine months. ‘Reem will undoubtedly be tested extensively for this fight. It is not impossible that Hunt got the contract requirement he demanded – PED test fail fines go straight to the aggrieved fighter.

“My clause will protect me in this instance and take the financial gain of the opponent of caught cheating,” wrote Hunt on his social network previously. “That deterrent will protect me and other fighters. I’m pushing for this clause, I want to fight and I am ready. If the fight doesn’t go ahead it’s not my doing. I will not fight without this clause. I’ve already fought 3 dopers in a row and I’m not going to fight again without security. All I want is a fair go and an even playing field.”

Let’s hope he got it and gets a level playing field.

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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.