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Morning Report: Mark Hunt: If UFC cares about fighters' health, why let GSP fight 'when he's talked about seeing aliens'

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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.


MUST-READ STORIES

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Bellator. Gegard Mousasi won a close one over Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 185.

Slur. Conor McGregor dropped a homophobic slur backstage at UFC Gdansk.

Fight. Karolina Kowalkiewicz wants to fight Jessica Andrade next.

Order. Marc Goddard explained why McGregor had to leave cageside at UFC Gdansk.

Defense. Demetrious Johnson stresses the importance of defense for young fighters.


VIDEO STEW

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.


LISTEN UP

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.

Lol.

Dana attacking UFC fans in the comments of an Instagram post.

The Future.... @darrentill2 @ufcfightpass

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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.

Diego feeling good about the return to welterweight.

They don’t even try to put Jedrzejczyk there.

MVP’s KO from his boxing debut over the weekend.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Anthony Hamilton (15-8) vs. Adam Wieczorek (8-1); UFC Sydney, Nov. 18.

Kamaru Usman (11-1) vs. Emil Meek (9-2, 1 NC); UFC 219, Dec. 30.


TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

2005: Kazushi Sakuraba knocked out Ken Shamrock at Pride 30.

2010: Cain Velasquez became the UFC heavyweight champion when he knocked out Brock Lesnar at UFC 121.

2015: Rafael Carvalho knocked out Brandon Halsey with a body kick at Bellator 144 to claim the vacant middleweight championship.


FINAL THOUGHTS

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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