Mark Hunt Files Civil Lawsuit Against the UFC, Dana White, Brock Lesnar
If Mark Hunt gets his way, Brock Lesnar isn’t going keep the majority of his UFC 200 purse after failing two drug tests in relation to the event.
According to a report from ESPN.com on Tuesday evening, Hunt has filed a civil lawsuit against the UFC, promotion president Dana White and Lesnar in Nevada District Court. The suit alleges that the defendants "affirmatively circumvented and obstructed fair competition for their own benefit.” It also accuses the parties of racketeering and fraud; Hunt is seeking financial relief for damages to his brand.
Hunt confirmed on his website, MarkHunt.TV, that he is suing the UFC for $2.5 million — the entire purse Lesnar received at UFC 200 for their heavyweight bout. Lesnar defeated Hunt via unanimous decision at the event. It was revealed after the fact that the former heavyweight champion tested positive for the anti-estrogen agent clomiphene in both an in-competition and out-of-competition drug screening.
Lesnar was eventually suspended for one year and fined $250,000 for the failed drug tests. However, Hunt was upset that Lesnar received the majority of his purse and that his opponent was given an exemption from the USADA policy that requires fighters to enter the drug testing pool for a four-month period upon coming out of retirement.
“It’s only fair that if a guy gets caught cheating, he doesn’t get paid,” Hunt said. “I’m putting my life on the line when I get inside the cage, all I’m asking for is a level playing field.”
Hunt is slated to face Alistair Overeem at UFC 209 in Las Vegas on March 4. “The Super Samoan” asked for an anti-doping clause in the contract ahead of the fight but ultimately accepted the bout because he claimed he needed to take care of his family. Hunt has threatened to personally sue any future opponent who fails a drug test.