Mark Hunt is expected to battle Alistair Overeem on March 4th, but that hasn’t stopped the heavyweight from filing a civil suit against the UFC, Brock Lesnar and Dana White.
ESPN was the first to report that Hunt has launched a civil suit against the aforementioned parties, and that the allegations include fraud and racketeering, among other charges. The central issue is that Hunt’s last opponent, Lesnar, tested positive for the banned substance Hydroxy-clomiphene last summer. An outraged Hunt has been campaigning for the UFC to give him Lesnar’s purse, introduce PED clauses to fight contracts, and institute harsher penalties for PED users. The suit cites the UFC’s own anti-doping policies, which reportedly says that the promotion has the legal right to reclaim the purse of a fighter, who tests positive for banned substances.
Since none of that has happened, Hunt has filed the suit in an effort to secure damages. In the ESPN story, the popular fighter was quoted saying:
“I want the UFC to understand it’s not OK to keep doing what they’re doing,” Hunt said. “They’re allowing guys to do this. They had a chance to take all the money from this guy, because he’s a cheater, and they didn’t.
“What message is that sending to the boys and girls who want to be a fighter someday? The message is, ‘You just have to cheat like this and it’s OK.’…”
As this is being written, the UFC has not released any statement regarding the suit. It will be interesting to see if and how this impacts Hunt’s upcoming bout with Overeem. Hunt had asked to be released by the UFC, but obviously that didn’t happen.