UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt is known as one of the hardest hitters in all of MMA. Apparently, he swings pretty hard in court, as well.
Hunt today filed charges against the UFC, Brock Lesnar and Dana White in U.S. District Court, seeking both compensatory and punitive damages, as well as an order for the defendants to “disgorge their ill-gotten profits.”
ESPN.com first reported the filing.
Hunt’s complaint stems from his UFC 200 bout with Brock Lesnar, which the WWE star won via unanimous decision but later saw overturned after pre-fight drug tests – the results of which were not revealed until after the July contest – were found positive of banned substances.
Hunt’s suit contends “UFC and its agents have affirmatively circumvented and obstructed fair competition for their own benefit, including being complicit in doping proliferation under the guise of advancing ‘the best anti-doping program in all of professional sports.’ Defendants have accomplished this by means including but not limited to various and rampant purported use exemptions, drug testing exemptions and by failure to enforce its own policies.”
“I want the UFC to understand it’s not OK to keep doing what they’re doing,” Hunt told ESPN.com. “They’re allowing guys to do this. They had a chance to take all the money from this guy, because he’s a cheater, and they didn’t.
“What message is that sending to the boys and girls who want to be a fighter someday? The message is, ‘You just have to cheat like this and it’s OK.’ In society, if you commit a crime, you pay. Why is it different in MMA? It’s hurt the business, so it’s even worse. They need to be held accountable for this.”
More on this in just a moment.