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UFC clears Mark Hunt to resume fighting career

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Mark Hunt is free to resume his UFC career.

“After a full medical analysis at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, UFC confirms that heavyweight athlete Mark Hunt has been cleared to compete,” a statement provided exclusively to MMAFighting.com read.

The Daily Telegraph first reported earlier this week that Hunt had been medically cleared.

Hunt was pulled from the main event of last month’s UFC Fight Night Sydney after stating in an interview with “Players Voice” that he was losing his memory and slurring his words at times. He was replaced by Fabricio Werdum.

As a result, UFC asked Hunt to undergo extensive brain testing in Las Vegas to find out if he was still fit to fight at 43 years old, and it was determined earlier this week that he was.

“Yeah, was nothing wrong with me,” Hunt told MMAFighting.com when asked about the results. Hunt has always maintained that case.

Hunt is currently in the midst of a lawsuit against the UFC, UFC president Dana White, and Brock Lesnar over his belief that the UFC circumvented drug testing rules to allow Lesnar to fight him at UFC 200. Lesnar defeated Hunt by unanimous decision, but he was later flagged for two separate USADA violations and the result was turned into a no contest.

Since then, Hunt has not been shy about voicing his displeasure with the UFC, White, Lesnar and performance-enhancing drug users in MMA.

Hunt is coming off a win in May over Derrick Lewis. He told MMAFighting.com that he was unsure when he would be booked to fight again.