Doctors have cleared UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt following tests in Las Vegas.
This past October the UFC pulled the heavyweight fighter Hunt ahead of his UFC 221 (UFC Sydney) main event fight against Marcin Tybura due to medical concerns. Those concerns stemmed from an article Hunt wrote for PlayersVoice back in July where he stated that he had issues with trouble sleeping, his memory and had begun to slur his words.
After Hunt’s removal from the UFC Sydney event, he and UFC President Dana White had exchange insult through social media and the press. At one point Hunt threatened the UFC with a lawsuit.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Mark Hunt underwent extensive brain test at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. Medical specialists from the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health claims Hunt has been cleared to return to action. Hunt’s manager finally confirmed this news.
“We’ve just had a conference call with the doctors in the States, who gave us the good news,” Hunt’s manager Zen Ginnen told The Daily Telegraph. “So it’s all looking positive.”
“The doctor said Mark scored well above average and that he’s good to compete. So they’ll ring the UFC now and let them know. We’re just waiting on the UFC to clear him.”
Ginnnen said that this is not the first stint of testing Hunt, he underwent a test in Australia where he was cleared to fight, but UFC wasn’t satisfied.
“Now Mark’s been cleared twice,” Ginnen said. “He’s done testing with two experts in Australia — and been cleared — before going and proving himself again in the US. Obviously our concern was always Mark’s health and we’re pleased to know everything is fine. The doc said he’ll forward on the results to the UFC and so we’ll wait to hear from them.”
With Hunt all-clear by doctors, his team is fervently begun to campaign to get on the Perth, Australia card which is set for February 11 and eyeing a UFC 221 fight with Fabricio Werdum.
“We would love for Fabricio to be Mark’s opponent in Perth,’’ Ginnen said. “We think Francis Ngannou is next in line for a title fight. So we’d like to go up against Fabricio and hopefully be in line for a title hot at the back end of 2018.”
Stay tuned for more updates on Hunt as they emerge.