Update- “Super Samoan” Suing Lesnar, White, and UFC
In one of the boldest moves in the history of mixed martial arts outside of competition, “The Super Samoan” Mark Hunt is suing the UFC, leading man Dana White, and former UFC champion/WWE superstar Brock Lesnar while still under contract with the UFC. Hunt is expected to compete at UFC 209 on March 4.
The suit stems from July’s UFC 200 pay-per-view event at which Hunt lost to Lesnar by unanimous decision. What was supposed to be an eyeball-drawing one-off appearance for the returning professional wrestler has now turned into a controversy spanning a number of months after it was revealed that Lesnar tested positive for Hydroxy-clomiphene in both out-of-competition and fight night testing.
Hunt now has a slew of previous opponents that have failed drug tests in Lesnar, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Frank Mir. His upcoming opponent Allistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem is also a member of that club.
“I want the UFC to understand it’s not OK to keep doing what they’re doing,” Hunt said to ESPN. “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.’ In society, if you commit a crime, you pay. Why is it different in MMA? It’s hurt the business, so it’s even worse. They need to be held accountable for this.”
As reported in December, Lesnar’s failure may have been because of eye medication and foot cream. Both the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) have given Lesnar one-year suspensions that run concurrently. He was also fined $250,000 (ten percent of his purse) by the NSAC. Hunt has since been trying to implement a contractual clause for future fights that would see him receive 100 percent of the purses of opponents who have positive drug tests.
The lawsuit alleges that USADA and the UFC, which announced that it had been sold to WME-IMG following UFC 200 for approximately $4 billion, “affirmatively circumvented and obstructed fair competition for their own benefit, including being complicit in doping proliferation under the guise of advancing ‘the best anti-doping program in all of professional sports.’”
Prior to UFC 200, Lesnar was granted an exemption from the USADA testing pool that requires an athlete to sit out four months before competition. Lesnar was brought in as the major attraction of the event after Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier II was nixed when Jones failed his drug test. Hunt is arguing that UFC knew of his the Minnesota native’s doping. While still going back and forth, Hunt declined multiple fight offers from the UFC while unsuccessfully attempting to get out of his contract.
Should Lesnar choose to return to MMA for a third time, his suspensions will be up on July 15, 2017.