Mark Hunt Says The UFC & Jeff Novitzky Stole His Love Of Fighting


Mark Hunt was last seen in action at UFC Fight Night Adelaide, suffering a unanimous decision loss to Justin Willis in what would turn out to be the fighter’s final bout with the promotion.

The free agent fighter, who is also in the midst of a lawsuit against the UFC, says the promotion and Jeff Novitzky stole his love of fighting.

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“They’ve actually taken my love for fighting away because of how they promote steroids and cheaters, how they’ve done it all,” Hunt told MMA UK. “They’ve pushed me out of the way, to be honest and that’s what’s taken my love for fighting away. It’s kind of sad because they should be promoting the guy that’s not cheating whereas they are promoting the cheaters of this sport, which is wrong. I actually thought Jeff Novitzky was a nice person but he’s just a sellout. You’re a sellout, bro. That’s the bottom line.”

Hunt filed a lawsuit against the UFC and other shortly after UFC 200, when it was revealed that opponent Brock Lesnar had failed a drug test in line with the event.

One big example, according to Hunt, of the way the UFC promotes steroids and cheaters was the situation surrounding UFC 232.

“Pure example, look at the situation with Jon Jones and [Alexander] Gustafsson,” Hunt said. “Look at that situation. They move a whole freakin’ show for one cheating guy. All the fans miss out on all their airlines, all their flights, all that jazz. They miss out all because of this one idiot. The UFC has the best stringent testing in the whole freakin’ world but look what they’re doing. They give people four-month waivers so they can get past the tests, they’ve got these guys that say ‘The tests say has a picogram - a bit of steroids in him - but that’s from the last time we caught him.’ But he’s still got some sh*t in him. So does that mean he’s cheating? Yes, he is. Why are you even putting him to fight? The truth of the fact is, it didn’t matter whether he had a picogram now or if he had it 20 years ago, he’s still got some sh*t in him so he shouldn’t be fighting. It’s illegal. They’re promoting steroids, that’s what they’re doing.”

UFC 232 was moved from Las Vegas, Nevada to Inglewood, California after the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) found an abnormality in Jon Jones’ drug test.

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