Hunt Wants Half Of Lesnar’s UFC 200 Purse Or He’ll Quit UFC
UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt is not thrilled with UFC for having to fight a man who was flagged for USADA for a potential doping violation at UFC 200. Just yesterday, the news broke that Brock Lesnar was flagged by USADA for a test that was taken on June 28th, a week before he defeated Mark Hunt at UFC 200.
Now, Mark Hunt has revealed to MMA Fighting that he’s told the UFC he wants half of Lesnar’s record-breaking $2.5 Million reported salary from the fight, or he wants his official release from the organization.
Here’s what he told MMA Fighting:
“The cheaters get a slap on the wrist and walk off. What penalty or deterrent is there to make them think twice? Nothing. And the [Nevada Athletic Commission], why should these [expletive] get anything? They are not the ones who had to fight with Lesnar or lose [to him]. I lost.”
It will be interesting to see how the UFC handles this situation, with the organization being under new ownership and facing something like this for the first time.
Mark Hunt’s request is not an unreasonable one. Majority of Athletic Commission’s make an opponent forfeit a percentage of their purse if they don’t make weight for a fight. So, why shouldn’t a fighter who competed against another fighter who failed a drug test prior to the fight receive some compensation as well?