Former UFC Intermediate Heavyweight Title challenger Mark Hunt has not fought in MMA since the UFC deal ended with a unanimous defeat to Justin Willis at the end of 2018. The defeat started with a 1-3 (1 NC) run (losing to Brock Lesnar in the UFC 200)
“I’m done fighting,” Hunt said. “MMA Hour. “I think I lost enthusiasm a long time ago when I filed this lawsuit against the UFC. They honestly took excitement from me. The only fight I’ve had since I left the UFC is boxing. I couldn’t get another match anywhere. Not thought.
Hunt filed a lawsuit against the UFC in 2017. In it, Brock Lesnar claimed that the UFC was aware of the banned substance before two heavyweights entered the octagon in the ‘Super Samoan’ UFC 200. Lesnar won the match by unanimous decision, and after the USADA disclosed that the outcome turned to ‘no competition’, Lesnar tested positive for the banned substance Clomiphene during pre-fight drug testing. Lesnar tested positive for the same material in the samples collected after the fight with Hunt.
Most of Hunt’s lawsuit was dismissed in Nevada court in February 2019. The ultimate allegation of breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing Dismissed In November of the same year.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Hunt was given another shot in March 2020, ordering him to pay UFC $ 388,235 in attorney’s fees and costs. Hunt appealed the dismissal of his lawsuit, however, reviving his claim on fraud and battery. It is noteworthy that the Court of Appeal disagreed with the initial finding that fighters would agree to face doping as part of the expected culture in combat sports..
The appellate court noted in its decision to revive Hunt’s claims that “[t]he Supreme Court of Nevada ruled otherwise, but dismissed Hunt’s battery claims.” “The California Supreme Court’s Application of the Principles of Risk in the Avila v. Citrus Community College District is predicated on the factual finding that deliberate bearing is within the scope of general baseball activity.” Avila, 38 Cal. There is no conclusion that the MMA is within the normal range of activity or that the question does not seem to be beyond reasonable doubt.
Although Hunt’s legal fight continues, he feels it has already closed his fortune in MMA. Former K-1 World Grand Prix winner Ariel Helwani – whose sense of humor is still intact – said he felt the sport was effectively blackballed as a result of the lawsuit.
“Why don’t you hire good people like me? I mean, such a beautiful guy, such a good fighter. Why don’t you hire someone like me? To be honest, I think I belong on the blacklist. I couldn’t get a match anywhere, ”Hunt said.
Hunt boxed former Rugby player Paul Galen in December 2020. He lost that fight by decision.