Mark Hunt is suing the UFC

Brock Lesnar

Hunt believes the UFC needs to be held accountable for their handling of Lesnar's failed tests.

On Tuesday, UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt filed a RICO lawsuit in Nevada federal court against the UFC, Brock Lesnar, and Dana White.

Hunt's complaint that loophole ultimately saw him step into the cage against an opponent with an unfair damage, at which point the 42-year-old slugger "suffered severe physical injury, as well as economic and non-economic damages including without limit damage to his reputation, title contention, and future earning capacity". One occurred before the fight on June 28, the other on fight night. However, the suspensions were retroactive, meaning he'll be eligible to fight again in July 2017. Further, he alleges that the UFC could have expedited the results of Lesnar's pre-fight drug tests for "a nominal fee" but declined to do so.

The UFC requires fighters coming out of retirement to submit to four months of drug testing prior to competition to prevent just this sort of thing, but the requirement was waived for Lesnar.

While Lesnar was tested prior to the fight, he was not put through the rigorous USADA testing a full four months prior to the contest Hunt alleges in his lawsuit that UFC and Lesnar knew he was going to fight in March and there was ample time to put him in the testing pool but they gave him an exemption instead.

"I want the UFC to understand it's not OK to keep doing what they're doing. 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".

     Mark Hunt is suing Brock Lesnar UFC president Dana White and the promotion
GETTY Mark Hunt is suing Brock Lesnar UFC president Dana White and the promotion

Lesnar, a former UFC heavyweight champion, was paid US$2.5 million for the fight, and was fined 10% ($250,000) of his purse by the Nevada State Athletic Commission in December, but Hunt posted a link to his website ( in which he said he was suing for Lesnar's entire purse.

The lawsuit went on to say: "Without HUNT's knowledge or consent, the UFC conspired and caused LESNAR, a doping fighter, to fight HUNT, a clean fighter, despite the fact that LESNAR used substances banned by the UFC, USADA and WADA". He fought Antonio Silva to a draw in 2015, after which Silva tested positive for elevated testosterone. This information was made public, in part, because the UFC accidentally emailed the results of Belfort's drug test to a group of fighters, managers, and trainers.

Hunt is next due to fight Alistair Overeem at UFC 209 on March 4. Overeem also failed a drug test in 2012. This didn't sit well with many, including Hunt.

"I didn't want to be in this position", Hunt admitted to ESPN. It wasn't good. I asked to get out of my contract but I can't. I lost that fight, it ruined it for my fans.

"This was the last straw. I need to work like everyone else".

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