Mark Hunt files lawsuit against UFC and earns new contract which means his pay-packet will increase if opponent uses PEDs.
Mark Hunt hails from New Zealand and he’s known for his UFC fighting skills. However, he was officially retired until he started talks with UFC officials. He asked them to create a new fighting agreement for him, which gives him access to the pay packet of an opponent who dopes during a match with him. UFC agreed to his requests, so he’s preparing to get back in the ring…
Who Will He Fight?
Mark Hunt is slated to do battle with Alistair Overeem in Sin City during early March of 2017. The match will take place during UFC 209 and it’s bound to be one of Las Vegas’ hottest tickets! At present, the agreement between he and his prospective opponent is verbal only, rather than legally binding, based on a written contract.
When a real contract is drafted, it will state that Mark Hunt will receive money, which will be a large percentage of what his opponent earns for winning the fight, if the opponent tests positive for banned substances such as performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). Overeem is aware of the clause, so it’s pretty unlikely that he’ll test positive for anything such as anabolic steroids and/or human growth hormone (HGH).
Hunt is doing this because he detests cheating in the sport and wants to make sure that there isn’t any performance enhancer usage during his fights. Basically, he’s not going to get in the Octagon unless he’s protected by the new clause as previous opponents have been caught using testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and steroids, which are banned by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), the two governing body’s which oversee doping violations.
Hunt and Overeem Have History
These two UFC fighters have fought before. During summer of 2008, both battled in the octagon and Overeem won by performing a keylock move on Hunt. This fight took place in Japan. Hunt also lost against Brock Lesnar during UFC 200, in the early summer. Later on, it was revealed that Lesnar was using a performance enhancer before the fight. Lesnar failed and tested positive for Hydroxyclomiphene, this is a metabolite of Clomid. Steroidal.com states that Clomid is, “Can serve as an effective anti-Estrogen for the purpose of mitigating one particular unwanted side effect of Estrogen.” Estrogen is often raised during a cycle of anabolic steroids or used after steroids are used to boost endogenous testosterone.
Due to his contravention of the doping rules, the fight result was converted to “no contest”. At this point, Hunt asked UFC for half of the money that Lesnar won in the fight as his pay-packet was significantly larger. Hunt then hired a lawyer in order to boost his odds of getting half of the money.
Will You Watch the Upcoming Fight?
The upcoming fight between Hunt and Overeem may lead to a title match. If Hunt wins and move forward, he’ll need to go up against an American fighter named Stipe Miocic. Other current top contenders include Fabricio Werdum from Brazil and Cain Velasquez from Mexico. However, Velasquez was recently deemed unfit to fight due to medical issues and other criteria, so he may be out of the running, despite his strong win-loss statistics.
Right now, Overeem is looking to redeem himself after being knocked out in the first round during his last fight, with Stipe Miocic, who is the reigning heavyweight champion. Hunt battled Miocic during 2015 and he also failed to win his fight with the tough American champ.
A lot of people are excited about this new UFC development. They want to see what Hunt can do in his fight and they’re also interested in the new agreement and how it may impact other fighter’s contracts in the future.