Mark Hunt suing UFC over alleged racketeering, conspiracy fraud
Kiwi MMA fighter Mark Hunt is taking his dispute with the UFC to the courtroom.
After months of vitriol aimed at the promoters for what he believes to be unfair drug-testing practices, the 'Super Samoan' is suing the UFC, its president Dana White, and former opponent Brock Lesnar for US$2.5 million.
The amounts equates to the entirety of the purse recived by Lesnar for their bout at UFC 200 last year, plus subsequent pay-per-viewing earnings.
"Yes I am suing Lesnar and the UFC for his entire purse. Cheaters deserve nothing," an emphatic Hunt stated.
The fight was later ruled a no-contest after the WWE star was found to have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs prior to the bout after receiving exemptions from standard USADA testing protocol in order to compete at the event.
"I want the UFC to understand it's not okay to keep doing what they’re doing," he 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."
While he's tentatively agreed to face Alistair Overeem at UFC 209 in March, Hunt is still seeking a clause put in place so that if either fighter is caught cheating, they forfeit their purse to the other.
“It’s only fair that if a guy gets caught cheating, he doesn’t get paid.
"I'm putting my life on the line when I get inside the cage, all I'm asking for is a level playing field."