Two weeks ago, Mark Hunt was pulled from his main event fight at UFC Sydney due to medical concerns stemming from self-penned testimonial for the Player’s Voice detailing health problems he’s been dealing with as his career winds down. When it was announced he was off the card, Hunt exploded at UFC President Dana White over Instagram, saying that he was completely cleared to fight and asking why he was taken off the card. Two weeks later, it seems Hunt is still looking for an answer.
"A journalist rings me up and says, 'You're not fighting in Sydney,” Hunt told ESPN recently. “I had to check to see if it was true. I was really upset by that. I've lost a lot of money on this camp, and losing this fight will cost me over $1 million. I had plans for that money. I have taxes to pay. To hear it from a journalist - they could have called me themselves.
"And the thing is, I didn't know why they pulled me. I still don't. I've passed all the medicals. I'd like to know the reason I've been put on the sideline."
So far, the UFC is saying the pulled Hunt for fear of the problems he outlined in the Player’s Voice piece. White went on to clarify that sometimes it was his job to protect fighters from themselves but Hunt is not buying White’s altruistic motivations, saying that White didn’t care about protecting him when he allowed Hunt to fight known PED abusers and, perhaps even more damning, in two weeks when they will put on a fight with a man who says he’s seen aliens.
"There's nothing in the results that says I can't fight. . . The UFC says they're acting for my well-being; why did they put me in the Octagon with all these cheaters, then? Why are they letting Georges St-Pierre fight again when he's talked about seeing aliens? They just let a guy fight with a staph infection last week. If they're worried about our well-being, why did they do all that?"
Hunt is currently suing the UFC, Dana White, and Brock Lesnar over the matter of having to fight against fighters circumventing the rules and, Hunt alleges, promulgating unfair circumstances against him that have substantively caused him financial and physical harm. Hunt has fought twice since filing the lawsuit but firmly believes that this special treatment of him is the UFC’s way of getting back at him for suing them.
Hunt still has three fights left on his UFC contract now that he will no longer be fighting at UFC Sydney. In the meantime, former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum takes his place, taking on Marcin Tybura in the main event.
Order. Marc Goddard explained why McGregor had to leave cageside at UFC Gdansk.
UFC Gdansk post-fight presser.
Bellator 185 highlights.
KFA 25 highlights.
Segment of Woodley’s TMZ show.
Joanna has some serious elbows going on here.
If you speak the language, this could be for you. Otherwise, probably not worth your time.
6th Round. UFC Gdansk immediate post-fight analysis.
Luke Thomas. Immediate post-fight discussion of UFC Gdansk.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Cowboy knows how to take an L.
You know your in some sick shape because of all your hard work when people are accusing you of taking steroids. #ProudMoment— Darren Till (@darrentill2) October 22, 2017
Dana attacking UFC fans in the comments of an Instagram post.
Dana White calls Darren Till "the future". Some folks disagreed and let it be known in the comments section. The UFC President struck back. pic.twitter.com/jQLQJBefzc— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) October 22, 2017
Darren Till getting the love.
Perry-Till needs to be made, No one is going to be upset if Ponzi drops out or gets booked elsewhere.
Prior obligations to take care of in Winnipeg then we'll see if @danawhite wants to give the boy a real contender fight— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) October 21, 2017
Diego feeling good about the return to welterweight.
At welterweight we have done some special stuff in the cage 19-0, and only two close decision loses I'm excited to fight again at welterweight again in 20 days. The weight cut took a lot of my focus away from the true battle of the mind the technique the focus the objective of winning with intellect and prowess! @gregjacksonmma is the genius behind the plan! and I must execute! the time is now. Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellers they are established proverbs 15:10 @jacksonwink_mma @mmacoachwink @chadinspiremma @tussagb
They don’t even try to put Jedrzejczyk there.
MVP’s KO from his boxing debut over the weekend.
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
Darren Till looked sensational, Conor had a terrible weekend, and Gegard had a rough Bellator debut. Be sure to check out The MMA Hour today as it has a star-studded lineup and that’s all for today folks. Enjoy the fights and see y’all tomorrow.
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