UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt is unhappy with all the fiasco about pulling him from UFC Sydney main event earlier this month. The testy relationship between him and UFC brass is longstanding and bitter.
Hunt “The Super Samoan” speaking to “The MMA Hour.” he is unsure where he stands with UFC after his removal from the show.
The ongoing beef between them occurred after Hunt penned down potential symptoms of his brain injury in Players Voice published back in September. As a result, subsequently pulled from a UFC Sydney headlining scrap with Marcin Tybura and replaced with Fabricio Werdum due to health concerns.
“As soon as we pinpoint what the issue is, we can fix it,” Hunt said. “I’m willing to take more tests. You tell me what I need to do. They’re not saying exactly what’s wrong with me, why they pulled me.”
Since then he is repeatedly criticising UFC, while Dana White penned down an opened letter to clear the air about his comments for The Daily Telegraph. White stated the reason why he did not let him fight next month. Dana White said his team asked him to fly to Vegas to run further tests at the Lou Ruvo Brain Center and he denied. It’s hard to blame the UFC for playing it safe with Hunt.
“How can I put a guy with these symptoms he said he’s experiencing immediately back in the Octagon without additional tests? I definitely wasn’t going to do that. So I did the only thing I could do — which is to pull him off an event that would have him fighting just nine weeks after writing his piece so he can have the proper time to see a specialist.”
Hunt 43, said he didn’t want to fly to Las Vegas to run the test, but asked permission to get it done in Australia. Eventually, they came out negative, so white rubbishes in his letter:
“I did do it in Australia and they still pulled me from the card,” Hunt said. “They didn’t use the doctors results that they got. They still pulled me. They didn’t listen to the doctors’ reports. … Why should i have to fly all the way out to Las Vegas for? Why?”
When asked if he will ever fight in UFC again, he remains silent. At the moment, he said, doesn’t know whats next for him. He is willing to take a step to get back to ring.
“If there’s things they want me to do to compete, then fine,” Hunt said. “I’ll do that. I need to do these three fights and move on. … I’m still waiting for what they want me to do. I’m still waiting to here what it is that I need to do to fix this.”
What do you think this dispute between them will ever end?