Mark Hunt is still here, he’s still kicking. And after his fourth-round TKO win over Derrick Lewis, “The Super Samoan” is angling for some rematches against foes who have beaten him in the past.
First up on Hunt’s wish list is Junior dos Santos, followed by Alistair Overeem.
“If I can get JDS for Japan, I’d like a rematch with him,” Hunt said after felling Lewis in the main event of UFC Fight Night 110 on Saturday in his hometown of Auckland, New Zealand. “Or Alistair. One of those two.”
Dos Santos beat Hunt by third-round knockout at UFC 160 in May 2013. Hunt, 43, has lost to Overeem twice, the first way back in 2008 under the Dream banner, the second much more recently — Hunt’s last fight before this weekend. Overeem beat Hunt by third-round knockout at UFC 209 in March.
Hunt (13-11-1, 1 NC) is particularly miffed at Overeem. The MMA veteran has become a major anti-doping advocate over the last year and is actually currently suing the UFC, UFC president Dana White and Brock Lesnar after Lesnar tested positive twice in relation to Hunt’s fight with him at UFC 200 in July 2016. Hunt also fought Antonio Silva and Frank Mir and both of them tested positive for banned substances in fight-night tests.
Overeem has failed drug screens in the past. And Hunt was mad again when he found out the UFC and USADA allowed Overeem to get an IV before the two of them fought in March. Overeem got the IV at the hospital and emergency use in that manner is not prohibited by WADA.
“He’s always gonna be a cheating bum,” Hunt said. “That’s what he’s always gonna be, to me. Regardless if he beat me, he’s always gonna have that cloud over his head. All his achievements, you don’t know whether they’re done by steroids or not. So, sorry Alistair. You’re a cheat. That’s the bottom line.”
The only way to stop performance-enhancing drug use in MMA, Hunt said, is to hit fighters in the wallet, which is part of what his lawsuit is all about.
“If you take away the money, they wouldn't do it,” said Hunt, who referenced UFC vice president of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky multiple times at the press conference. “It’s just a clause in the contract saying the cheater doesn’t benefit at all. Because right now it pays to cheat. But if you take that away, it makes it pretty even.”
It’s been a bizarre past 12 months for Hunt, given the losses to Lesnar (now a no contest) and Overeem and his lawsuit against the UFC. But this was certainly a bright spot, getting a win in front of the fans in the country of his birth. Hunt had never competed an MMA fight in New Zealand until now.
“It was a great feeling to walk out,” Hunt said. “It was kind of a surreal feeling. Better than drugs — way better. Better than steroids, Jeff Novitzky.”