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Morning Report: Mark Hunt lashes out against idea of Jon Jones vs. Brock Lesnar superfight

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After Jon Jones stopped Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 214 to reclaim his light heavyweight title, he immediately set his sights on bigger game: former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Lesnar was quick to respond to Jones and suddenly, the UFC had the makings of a superfight on their hands.

Or, a superfight for some. For others, a potential Jones-Lesnar matchup would be less of epic clash and more of a race to the bottom. Chief among those opponents of the fight is the last man to stand across the cage from Lesnar, Mark Hunt.

Speaking recently on the Real Quick with Mike Swick podcast, Hunt exasperatedly discussed the potential fight, calling it a clash between “the two biggest cheaters in the world.”

“Look at these f**kers. You’ve got Jon Jones, for instance. That guy is the best, one of the best fighters in the world but he’s a cheater. . . Just like Brock Lesnar, you’re all a pack of frickin’ dog cheats, that’s all you are. Nothing else.

“So now the two f**king biggest cheaters in the world are going to fight! Oh f**k. . . I’m not gonna waste my money watching two cheaters fight. Why would I? They’re cheaters, in the end. That’s basically all they are. They should get nothing. I used to respect Jon Jones before this but I don’t respect him after this. When you get caught for doping, and he got caught for the same dope that Lesnar did, you shouldn’t - he’s not a martial artist, none of them are. They get no respect from me. None.

“I wouldn’t want to waste my f**king time watching that s**t.”

Hunt is the last man to have fought Lesnar, facing him UFC 200 in the WWE star’s return to MMA after an almost five-year retirement. Lesnar won a unanimous decision that night which was subsequently overturned when it was revealed he failed two USADA-issued drug tests before the bout. Hunt has since filed a civil suit against Lesnar, and the UFC, to settle his grievances.

Jones, of course, was also supposed to compete at UFC 200 against none other than Daniel Cormier but was removed from the card three days beforehand as a result of also failing a USADA drug test. Both Jones and Lesnar tested positive for clomiphene, though Jones also tested positive for Letrozole. Both men were suspended for one year; Lesnar was also fined $250,000.

And that is part of the problem for Hunt. Hunt says that though USADA is trying to clean up the sport, allowing Lesnar and Jones to fight each other just a year after both failing drug tests, isn’t deterring cheating in any way.

“I think the penalties should be enforced. There’s penalties there but they’re not really enforcing them. They’re not enforcing them to make them think twice. Guys nowadays, like that fool Brock Lesnar that I fought, he’s a f**king idiot. Not right now. I’m the idiot right now but he’s the one that’s a loser in the end because he’s the one that cheated.

“At the end of the day, he weighed up the options. He said, I’m gonna fight this fight and I’ll probably make about $15-20 million. I’ll get caught. I’ll probably have to pay a $250,000 fine, or $500,000 or whatever it is and I’ll walk away. He’s back again already!”

Lesnar may not actually return to fighting. His contract with the WWE does not end until spring and he is currently in negotiations so it is possible Lesnar stays retired from fight for good this time. However, even if he doesn’t come back, Hunt doesn’t think anyone should want him to anyway.

“Cheating is nothing to be proud of. That’s the wrong message. We don’t allow that as a society so why do we allow that, especially in fighting? Fighting is you hurting people.”


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And so we are at the end of our first week off in a minute. Go out and enjoy your weekends people because die-hards don’t get too many of these empty Saturday nights, and they should be maximized. Only 15 days left until the big one.

Take it easy and see y’all Monday.

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