MOSCOW – Despite his turbulent, legally contentious status with the UFC, Mark Hunt has a few reasons to be excited about Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 136 meeting with Alexei Oleinik.
Hunt, who meets Oleinik in the headlining bout at Moscow’s Olympic Stadium, is excited to perform in Russia as it welcomes its first UFC event. He’s also welcoming of an opponent who is not only close to him in age and experience, but who brings in an added bonus.
“He’s a clean fighter, so it’s great,” Hunt told reporters, including MMAjunkie, during a media day on Thursday.
Hunt’s battle against performance-enhancing drugs in MMA is a very public, tireless one. It was failed test results by an opponent, namely ex-champion Brock Lesnar, that led the 44-year-old heavyweight into a lawsuit against the UFC. Hunt has also repeatedly spoken – and written – about the issue.
Hunt hasn’t really been one to mince words when it comes to foes who fail tests, as well. Which is why it’s not really surprising that he would have feelings on a former opponent who just this week received a two-year suspension by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
“I’m glad that Fabricio Werdum got caught, that little (expletive),” Hunt said. “Go back to the favelas. (Expletive) you, you little (expletive). Good job. He was supposed to be here, but that’s what you get for being weak. That’s what you get, Fabricio, for being a weak-minded person. See you later.”
Werdum (23-8-1 MMA, 11-5 UFC) was, indeed, supposed to be there. He was set to meet Oleinik (56-11-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) until an out-of-competition test conducted in April revealed the steroid trenbolone and its metabolite epitrenbolone. The ex-champ, who at the time called his career’s first failed test a “misunderstanding,” was pulled from the card in May and got his official punishment on Tuesday.
Hunt (13-12-1 MMA, 8-6-1 UFC) is no stranger to having opponents failing drug tests; Lesnar, Frank Mir and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva are examples. His UFC 180 encounter with Werdum, however, was quite relevant, as it crowned the Brazilian the UFC’s interim champion and credentialed him to later unify the titles with Cain Velasquez.
Needless to say, it’s a tough pill for Hunt to swallow.
“I had to lose 21 kilograms in three and a half weeks to make that a title fight,” Hunt said. “I got kneed in the head by that little cheater. Then he beats Cain in Mexico. That really upsets me about that guy. Then he wouldn’t fight me – he’s just a cheating little (expletive), man. He’s a little dog, that guy. See you later, Fabricio. Enjoy, mother(expletive).”
Hunt says he now has two fights left in the UFC. He’d be open to assessing an offer should the promotion want to prolong his stay, but he’s also skeptical that it’s their intention. As it stands, Hunt’s idea is to finish out his current contract, fight another “three or four times globally” and then hang up his gloves.
“I’ve earned my right to enjoy my life, and I just want to finish on a better note,” Hunt said.
Hunt said he never wanted to be in the lawsuit he’s got going on with the UFC. “It sucks that I have to talk about this stuff,” he said.
But with all the battles he’s fought and the ones he still has ahead in the cage, the “Super Samoan” also knows the importance of the one he’s putting outside of it.
“It’s very hard to be in this situation, but I’m trying to get an even playing field here with my life,” Hunt said. “Whether that be my last fight, whatever it is, if not the last fight in the octagon, fighting to make it even will probably be my last fight. So, whether I get known for my great fighting, or if I get known for making things even. Either or, it doesn’t matter for me.”
Hunt pauses, then catches himself.
“Actually, that’s more important for me, to be honest,” Hunt said. “That is more important: to make it even.”
To hear from Hunt, watch the video above.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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