UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt’s last three opponents were Brock Lesnar, Frank Mir, and Antonio Silva. Each has run afoul of doping regulations immediately after a fight with ‘The Super Samoan’.
Lesnar was ultimately fined $250,000, but the revenue went to Nevada. Hunt was outraged that he took the drug-fueled beating, but the government got the money. Hunt demanded new provisions in his contract, giving him any fines potentially levied on future opponents. If someone runs into your car on the highway and is fined for Reckless Endangerment, any fine levied by the state does not go to you. However, Hunt’s concept is not wholly without precedent.
If someone runs into your car on the highway and is fined for Reckless Endangerment, any fine levied by the state does not go to you. However, Hunt’s concept is not wholly without precedent. Frequently when a fighter misses weight the fine or part of it goes to the opponent. And WADA sometimes directs that the cheater has to forfeit money to the other athletes.
Hunt turned down fights with Josh Barnett and Junior dos Santos, because the UFC would not amend his contract. Barnett instead fought Andrei Arlovski, winning in the third in the Fight of the Night. Then in December, Barnett failed an out-of-competition anti-doping test. This was the fourth positive drug test for Barnett, a record.
Hunt retained the services of attorney Christina Denning from Higgs, Fletcher and Mack, a law firm based in San Diego, California, and threatened to take legal action if his demands are not met.
However, he ultimately relented and is fighting Alistair Overeem On March 5 at UFC 209. Overeem is something of a post child for PED abuse and even had the meme “horse meat” coined over his tongue-in-cheek explanation for his chemically-fueled frame.
“I’m not young, I’m 42 years old,” began Hunt. “In six months I’ve already missed out on a couple of fights, I’ve already missed out on a couple million dollars.”
“At the end of the day I’ve stuck to my word. I’ve got no option, I’m in a contract that I can’t get out of.
“All the doors I’ve gone through are closed and it’s not like I can go and work somewhere else. Ages ago I was gladly ready to walk away and work somewhere else but they wouldn’t allow it.
“Think it from my position, I had no other option. I can’t work anywhere else so what am I supposed to do – let my family starve?”
Hunt has reached out to Overeem about the contract addition but hasn’t heard back. He plans to take matters into his own hands in the event of a test failure.
“Every fighter I fight, if he gets caught through the process then I’ll sue him personally,” said Hunt. “If I don’t get help from the company I’ll do it myself.”
Lesnar was eventually fined and suspended for a year by the Nevada Athletic Commission and then concurrently suspended by USADA, but Hunt is not impressed.
“I didn’t even think the other (NAC) penalty was harsh enough,” said Hunt. “He got a $250,000 fine but he made about $2 million bucks so how did it actually affect him?
“They should be struck from the records and taken everything off them. They don’t deserve to get a cent. This sport is already harsh enough as it is. When you add in steroid use it makes it even worse.”