Mark Hunt Blasts Dana White and the UFC After Being Pulled from UFC Fight Night in Australia

Mark Hunt knows exactly why he was pulled from the UFC Fight Night card in Australia although his excuse most likely doesn’t jive with the reasons the promotion gave him the hook.

On Tuesday, Hunt was replaced in the main event at UFC Fight Night in Sydney on by former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum in a fight against Marcin Tybura on Nov. 19 due to “medical concerns”.

While the UFC has not made any further statement on the matter, it appears concerns were raised after a recent statement made by Hunt to the Player’s Voice where he discussed the long term health effects that fight has had on his mind and body.

“My body is f–ked but my mind is still here. I’ve still got my senses about me and I know what’s right and wrong, which is the main thing,” Hunt wrote in the story.

“Sometimes I don’t sleep well. You can hear me starting to stutter and slur my words. My memory is not that good anymore. I’ll forget something I did yesterday but I can remember the s–t I did years and years ago. That’s just the price I’ve paid – the price of being a fighter. But I’ve fought a lot of drug cheats and copped a lot of punishment from guys who were cheating and that’s not right.”

Hunt explained on Instagram after being pulled from the fight that he had passed all medical tests leading up to his fight in November and that the article misquoted him regarding the damage done from his long fighting career.

“I spent hours the other day with the doctors I was cleared to fight,” Hunt wrote. “The interview I did with Player’s Voice was misquoted. I don’t slur my words and [it] is a running joke between my wife and me my memory isn’t that great but who remembers s–t they don’t want to. Not good UFC, Dana White.”

I spent hours the other day with the doctors I was cleared to fight the interview I did with players voice was misquoted I don’t slur my words and is a is a running joke between my wife and me my memory isn’t that great but who remembers shit they dont want to not good @ufc @danawhite

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Hunt then went onto claim that it’s his pending lawsuit against the UFC that spurred the decision to pull him from the fight rather than concerns about his health.

Hunt filed an extensive lawsuit back in January against the UFC, UFC president Dana White and former opponent Brock Lesnar while alleging racketeering, fraud, breach of contract and more. The lawsuit stemmed from Hunt’s fight against Lesnar at UFC 200 where he lost the fight but then the former UFC heavyweight champion tested positive for a banned substance. Hunt believes that the UFC knew Lesnar was going to test positive and still allowed him to fight anyways.

While Hunt has fought twice since filing the lawsuit with bouts against Alistair Overeem and Derrick Lewis, he still believes this altercation stems from the pending litigation rather than concern over his health and well being.

“I’m disappointed that I have been withdrawn from the fight, I have passed all medicals two days ago. And spent $100,000 on camp,” Hunt said. “The truth is the legal case I have filed has caused me to be withdrawn. The interview has been taken out of context and want to reassure all my fans, I slur my words only when I have a drink I’m fit and healthy, and would have understood if the UFC requested a medical to ensure my safety, however this is total bulls–t f–k you Dana, you’ve always hated me you dog”

. “I’m disappointed that I have been withdrawn from the fight, I have passed all medicals 2 days ago. And spent 100,000 on camp. The truth is the legal case I have filed has caused me to be withdrawn. The interview has been taken out of context and want to reassure all my fans, I slur my words only when I have a drink I’m fit and healthy, and would have understood if the UFC requested a medical to ensure my safety, however this is total bullshit fuck you Dana, you’ve always hated me you dog”

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Regardless of his feelings on the matter, Hunt is no longer fighting on the card in Australia as Werdum vs. Tybura will now headline the event.

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Watch the Flying Knee KO That Earned Mike Rodriguez a UFC Contract

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Mike Rodriguez seized his opportunity on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series when he landed a devastating Flying Knee that scored him a UFC contract. Watch the full fight and the stunning finish.

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According to UFC president Dana White, the Contender Series will return sometime after the start of 2018.

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Dana White Declares Demetrious Johnson is the G.O.A.T.

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It’s been a long road to the top of the heap for Demetrious Johnson, but the UFC flyweight champion is at the pinnacle.

In 10 years, Johnson has amassed a 27-2-1 record. He is currently on a 13-fight winning streak that has seen him capture the UFC flyweight title and defend it 11 times. He’s fought the likes of Joseph Benavidez, John Dodson, Henry Cejudo, John Moraga, and countless others.

Johnson notched title defense No. 11 at UFC 216 on Saturday night, finishing Ray Borg with a fifth-round armbar the likes of which no onlooker, fan or pundit alike, had seen in competition. The victory separated him from Anderson Silva as the lone record holder for most title defenses in UFC history. 

It’s a difficult body of work for anyone to counter. Not even UFC president Dana White could find a flaw with his 125-pound champion.

TRENDING  Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier Proclaim Demetrious Johnson the G.O.A.T.

“Demetrious is the best, man. He broke Anderson Silva’s record and did it in spectacular fashion,” White said before declaring Johnson the greatest mixed martial arts fighter of all time.

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Tony Ferguson Tops UFC 216 Payroll Over Demetrious Johnson’s Record-Setting Win

There was nothing ordinary about UFC 216: Ferguson vs. Lee, not even the fighter payroll. 

The event took place on the heels of the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, a shooting that took place in the UFC 216 host city. Contrasting the pall that hovered over the lead-up to the event and the event itself, was the record-setting performance of Demetrious Johnson and Tony Ferguson capturing the interim lightweight title in the main event. 

Tony Ferguson UFC 216As is frequently the case for a main event fighter, Ferguson led the charge on the UFC 216 payroll, earning half a million dollars for his victory over Ray Borg.

Though former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum was second on the list, Johnson netted $370,000 in disclosed pay for becoming the first fighter in history to defend his title 11 times. 

There were several major changes leading up to UFC 216, however. A fight between Nik Lentz and Will Brooks was canceled, when Lentz fell ill before the weigh-in. Then, just hours before fight time, Derrick Lewis had to withdraw from his fight with Werdum due to a back injury that flared up. 

With Lewis off the card, prelim fighter Walt Harris was removed from his bout with Marc Godbeer and instead fought Werdum. 

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Godbeer was paid his disclosed show money of $15,000, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Lentz, Brooks, and Lewis were not paid via the athletic commission, and the UFC has not commented on the status of any possible payment to them.

The figures below represent the disclosed payroll as managed by the NSAC. Any other discretionary bonuses, pay-per-view points, etc., are not disclosed to the athletic commission.

UFC 216: Ferguson vs. Lee took place on Saturday, Oct. 7, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

UFC 216: Ferguson vs. Lee Fighter Salaries

  • Tony Ferguson: $500,000 (includes $250,000 win bonus) vs. Kevin Lee: $250,000
  • Demetrious Johnson: $370,000 (no win bonus) def. Ray Borg: $100,000
  • Fabricio Werdum: $400,000 (includes $125,000 win bonus) def. Walt Harris: $28,000
  • Mara Romero Borella: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Kalindra Faria: $12,000
  • Beneil Dariush: $48,000 drew with Evan Dunham: $40,000
  • Cody Stamann: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Tom Duquesnoy: $23,000
  • Lando Vannata: $25,000 drew with Bobby Green: $24,000
  • Poliana Botelho: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Pearl Gonzalez: $10,000
  • Matt Schnell: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Marco Beltran: $14,000
  • John Moraga: $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus) def. Magomed Bibulatov: $17,000
  • Brad Tavares: $74,000 (includes $37,000 win bonus) def. Thales Leites: $57,000
  • Marc Godbeer: $15,000*

*Fight was canceled.

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WME-IMG is No More as UFC Owners Rebrand Under New Company Name

WME-IMG — the owners of the UFC — have formed a new holding company called ‘Endeavor’ that will now serve as the umbrella organization over all of the brands under their portfolio.

The announcement was made on Monday.

“WME-IMG represented a pivotal moment in our company’s history, but it does not accurately reflect the extent of our diversity or indicate where we’re headed,” Ari Emanuel, the CEO of Endeavor said in a statement. “In creating Endeavor, we now have a holding company that represents the very definition of the word itself, constantly striving to push boundaries on behalf of our clients and owned properties.”

Endeavor is the same name of Emanuel’s previous talent agency that he formed after leaving ICM Partners. Emanuel later orchestrated a merger with the William Morris Agency before he rebranded the company William Morris Endeavor. The fictionalized version of the events actually unfolded in the HBO series “Entourage” over several seasons.

Emanuel and his co-CEO Patrick Whitesell then enveloped another agency called International Management Group (IMG), which then formed the label WME-IMG.

This new holding company will contain all of the same brands as before now all under one umbrella as ‘Endeavor’.

Endeavor will include WME, a top Hollywood agency representing talent from film, television, sports, music and books, IMG; an agency working with sports, fashion, and media, as well as the UFC, Professional Bull Riders, the Miss Universe pageant and several other holdings as well.

Emanuel and Whitesell will remain the co-CEO’s over Endeavor under this new holding company.

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