Mark Hunt has made it abundantly clear that he’s not too happy about the fact Brock Lesnar has allegedly failed two USADA tests, and now the vaunted striker’s campaigning for a fighter association.
Shortly after it became known that Lesnar was notified of a potential anti-doping violation, Hunt called for his UFC 200 opponent’s pay. The heavyweight contender also said that if he didn’t get some sort of compensation, he wanted to be released from the UFC.
Well, more recently it’s been announced that Lesnar failed another test as well. Following that news, Hunt’s team posted another interview with the fighter on his official website. Here is just some of what the clearly, very upset Hunt had to say:
“Once they decided they were gunna cut Conor out, they didn’t care, they just needed a name to make 200 big.” Hunt said, while referring to Conor McGregor’s removal from the July 9th card. “Exemptions for Brock but not for Conor, I don’t know how you can just do that.
“These guys have lined there pockets with our blood if you ask me. I mean they deserve to get paid no doubt, they took the UFC from nothing into what it is today, but come on, most of the guys fighting, get paid nothing and have no benefits.
“If you ask me there needs to be a system where they at least run things past the fighters before making these decisions and the fighters can look out for each other. We need an association where we can have our voices heard. We are massive reason why fans watch the sport and we risk our health to do it.”
Hunt went on to say that fighters who are interested in forming an association should contact him. This is pretty, pretty big.
In the past, pundits and observers have always argued that a fighter union or organization wouldn’t happen, unless a star joined the ranks. Well, Hunt’s kind of a big deal…and following the UFC’s sale for a reported $4 billion, other fighters have been questioning whether they’re being compensated accordingly.
It will be interesting to see what happens.