The fallout from the announcement that Brock Lesnar failed two drug tests leading up to UFC 200 is still ongoing and the MMA world is still reacting to this news. One of the most outspoken people about this situation has been Lesnar's opponent, Mark Hunt.
Hunt, who has now faced three opponents who have failed a drug test (Lesnar, Frank Mir, and "Bigfoot" Silva), talked to his own media outlet, Mark Hunt TV, about how he is getting tired of fighting people who are "juiced to the gills."
"They say they are cleaning up the sport, yet I’ve risked my health two times against guys cheating since this USADA thing started. I was told Brock was gonna be tested when I took the fight, he comes in looking fricken juicy as hell and then I find out he’s popped after the PPV has already been sold," Hunt said.
Because of his recent string fighting people who have been tested for items on the banned substance list, Hunt feels as though there is now more reason than ever to create a fighter's association within the UFC.
“The way I see it, the Brock Lesnar doping thing is just another reason why we need a fighter’s association. These guys are just making up the rules as they go," Hunt said.
Though he is upset about the problems within UFC's testing procedures, Hunt believes there are far more issues and concerns that fighters have that have not been answered. He believes the power of the UFC is too far reaching.
“You just have to look at how Ariel gets his media pass taken away cause he broke a story about Brock, then he gets it back when other media stood up for him and called out the UFC.” Hunt said. “These guys are just making sh*t it up as they go.
“First the Reebok thing, then Brock’s 4 month testing exemption. Conor gets pulled off a card for not going to a press conference that me or Brock didn’t go to anyway. Work that out. There’s probably a heap of others.”
The next step in Hunt's mind is to create the fighter's association in order to make sure fighter's interests are protected. He wants the fighters to "stick together to make sure their voice is heard" and that an association or union of sorts would be the best way to accomplish that goal.
“If you ask me there needs to be a system where [the UFC] at least run things past the fighters before making these decisions and the fighters can look out for each other. We need an association where we can have our voices heard. We are massive reason why fans watch the sport and we risk our health to do it," Hunt said.
Though he knows that he is one of the first fighters to speak out on this issue and it may damage his career, he is not concerned. This is something that Hunt wants addressed immediately, and he wants other fighters to help him make it a reality.
"Lots of guys have talked about this, but someone needs to make this happen and I’m happy for it to be me," he said. "To the fighters listening to this I want them to get in touch with me via my Facebook page and we can get thing going. I won’t name anyone until we sort it all out, but get in touch and lets make this happen.”
Though there have been no real steps towards creating a fighter's association, there is no indicator on how new owners WME-IMG would feel about it forming. Only time will tell if this is a fight that Mark Hunt can win, or if this is just another opponent that will finish him.