Mark Hunt didn’t get the anti-doping clause he requested to fight Alistair Overeem at UFC 209, but life circumstances dictated that he accept the bout anyway.
"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 told New Zealand outlet Stuff. "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. All the doors I've gone through are closed and it's not like I can go and work somewhere else. Ages ago I was gladly ready to walk away and work somewhere else but they wouldn't allow it.
"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?"
When the promotion announced the matchup with Overeem, Hunt asked that a clause be inserted in the contract that would allow him to receive all of his opponent’s earnings if Overeem failed a drug test.
Hunt has been vocal in his displeasure with the UFC ever since he fought Brock Lesnar at UFC 200. Lesnar failed out-of-competition and in-competition drug tests for the estrogen blocker clomiphene in relation to the event. Lesnar’s decision win was overturned to a no contest; he was fined $250,000 and suspended for one year by both the Nevada Athletic Commission and USADA. Still, he walked away with the majority of his $2.5 million disclosed purse, which continues to irk Hunt.
"No. I didn't even think the other (NSAC) penalty was harsh enough. He got a $250,000 fine but he made about $2 million bucks so how did it actually affect him?” Hunt said. "They (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."
Hunt told Stuff that he reached out to Overeem about including the anti-doping clause in his contract, but the Dutchman hasn’t issued a response. Moving forward, “The Super Samoan” plans to take drastic action should any of his future opponents get caught doping.
"Every fighter I fight, if he gets caught through the process then I'll sue him personally," Hunt said. "If I don't get help from the company I'll do it myself."