Mark Hunt Grudgingly Accepted Fight, but Threatens to Sue Alistair Overeem

January 5, 2017
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It doesn’t appear that Mark Hunt got the clause in his fight contract that would financially protect him if Alistair Overeem tests positive in relation to their scheduled UFC 209 bout. Hunt, however, felt he had no choice but to accept the fight.

When the UFC announced the pairing for its March 4 event in Las Vegas, Hunt said on his website that he was still pushing for a clause in his contract would protect him and take the financial gain of his opponent if he were caught cheating. Hunt’s insistence that his opponent lose his fight purse if he tests positive stems from the fact that his three most recent opponents were all men that were charged with an anti-doping violation. 

Alistair Overeem vs Mark HuntHunt has foregone his insistence on the clause, however, as he told New Zealand-based publication Stuff that he felt he had no choice.

“I’m not young, I’m 42 years old. In six months, I’ve already missed out on a couple of fights. I’ve already missed out on a couple million dollars,” Hunt said. 

“At the end of the day, I’ve stuck to my word. I’ve got no option, I’m in a contract that I can’t get out of.

“Think it from my position, I had no other option. I can’t work anywhere else, so what am I supposed to do, let my family starve?”

Hunt most recently fought in July of 2016, losing to Brock Lesnar as part of the blockbuster UFC 200 fight card. Hunt was paid $700,000 for his efforts. Lesnar, meanwhile, scored a $2.5 million disclosed payday… but tested positive to prohibited substances, twice.

While the fight outcome was eventually changed to a no contest and Lesnar received a one-year suspension and $250,000 fine, the fact that Lesnar still profited handsomely from the situation didn’t sit well with Hunt. He pushed hard to get a clause added to his contract that would provide for stiffer penalties for his opponents, but that clause never came to fruition.

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Hunt fought and lost to Overeem once before under the Dream banner in Japan, but there was no real drug testing involved at that point. Overeem eventually followed Hunt to the UFC, where The Rheem was sanctioned for having an abnormally high ratio of Testosterone-to-Epitestosterone. A high T/E ratio can be indicative of exogenous use of testosterone, and is thus considered an anti-doping violation.

Alistair Overeem vs Mark HuntConsidering Overeem’s background, it’s no surprise that Hunt would want some assurance that he would be protected should another violation occur. Thus far, the UFC has not been willing to add a clause to his contract, and Hunt’s past requests to be released by the promotion were not granted.

At this point, Hunt is resigned to fighting, but is also prepared to take matters into his own hands if Overeem or other future opponents are popped for an anti-doping violation.

“Every fighter I fight, if he gets caught through the process, then I’ll sue him personally,” Hunt declared. “If I don’t get help from the company, I’ll do it myself.

“(Dopers) should be struck from the records and taken everything off them. They don’t deserve to get a cent. This sport is already harsh enough as it is. When you add in steroid use, it makes it even worse.”

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  • deepgrim

    The ufc are unbelievable, hunt makes it clear he is sick of fighting cheaters so they give him overeem.

    • Sir_Roy

      Hunt is playing dumb cards. They’re all cheaters (or have been in the past). UFC, and anyone officiating this game, know that. Why should they empathize with Hunt trying to play the public’s ignorance to his own advantage?

      There is ZERO chance Hunt himself has not abused in his career. I’ve only dabbled, and am amazed at what I’ve seen.

      • deepgrim

        I would say that hunt for sure hasnt juiced in his career. Most juicers needed it to recover from training and to get stronger etc, where as for most of hunt career he barely trained, and by his physical apperance i would say he has never training super hard.

        • Sir_Roy

          Appearance is more about diet than training. Hunt’s all muscle under the fat and his cardio is top notch (his cardio would kick the crap out of most sick pack sporting gym goers).

          He just likes his Big Macs too much.

          • deepgrim

            no his cardio is not great at all, but he is very economical with his output, you rarely see him put more than 4 shots together in a combination. He says in his book about how little he trained, somebody that isnt training is not going to juicing- there is simply no point

          • Sir_Roy

            It’s quite the opposite actually (with regards training). There are many types of banned substances and not all result in added muscle mass.

            2 reasons to supplement; blokes who train real hard and want (or need) an edge, and those who are more lazy and want to compensate.

            And yes, his cardio is “great”. Not the greatest in the game at UFC level competition to be sure, and his body fat definitely works against him, but put a pair of 4 ounce gloves and go for 5 minutes against a skilled fighter who’s doing everything in his power to knock your head off or take you down and choke you out. A tremendous amount of energy being spent, even in a lower tempo match, in simply neutralizing those attempts (either through foot work, clinch work, countering … it’s extremely tiring).

        • Laszlow

          Barnett’s popped 4 times now. Eye test doesn’t work.

          • deepgrim

            josh barnett always looked strong just a bit out of shape, hunt has always looked more flabby than that, he has the look of a majority of pacific islanders

  • TheCerealKiller

    “what am I supposed to do, let my family starve?” – If you burned thru the last $700,000 already, you have other problems. I can’t believe that actually pay him that much!

    • Sir_Roy

      Seriously. That was a dumb comment on his behalf. I wonder why I can’t empathize with someone who’s already earned millions (and he has, 700k was only the disclosed amount for his last fight) punching folks in the face.

  • Timothy Malone

    Why would Overeem not accept the clause? I mean other than the obvious answer.