Heavyweight competitor Mark Hunt was pulled from the UFC Fight Night Sydney main event against Marcin Tybura because the UFC had cited “health concerns” for the fighter leading into the bout.
Hunt had taken to Instagram to threaten a lawsuit against the UFC and White is stating that he has heard it all before from the embattled heavyweight.
“He’s always going off on me,” White said to TMZ.
The heavyweight recently penned an article for Player’s Voice out of Australia. In the article, the UFC veteran talks about memory loss after fighting, slurring his words, losing sleep and a host of other things that has raised concerns amongst those in the MMA world.
White also stated that sometimes it is up to the promotion to protect the fighters and that he harbors no ill will towards Hunt.
“Listen, sometimes you gotta protect these guys from themselves and that’s what we’re looking into right now. He made a statement that I’ve hated him forever,” White said. “I don’t hate Mark Hunt at all. I never hated Mark Hunt. He knows that. I was actually really good with Mark Hunt.”
UFC Fight Night Sydney takes place on Saturday, November 19 from the Qudus Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia with Fabricio Werdum and Marcin Tybura headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on Fox Sports 1.