Mark Hunt went back on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani on Monday and he’s not backing away from his demands following his fight against Brock Lesnar at UFC 200. After it was learned that Lesnar’s out-of-competition and in-competition drugs tests came back positive for the anti-estrogen agent hydroxy-clomiphene and he was issued a temporary suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC), Hunt demanded half of Lesnar’s $2.5 million purse.
When he learned that Lesnar was given a substantial payout of pay-per-view revenue, Hunt demanded the entire purse. Four months later and his position hasn’t changed.
"They called later on and told me nothing could happen until Brock Lesnar has his day in court, and things will be sorted out then," Hunt told Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "I still feel we should have harsher penalties in MMA and in this sport. There should be no tolerance for cheaters, especially in fighting. When you’re hurting someone and these guys go deliberately enhance themselves, I feel they should lose everything. They shouldn’t get any money, anything at all. They should be penalized and even put to court.
"I’m still trying to change things and make it an even playing field. It’s not easy, but still that’s what I want to happen. So it’s a work in progress."
Hunt’s opponents have a history of failing drug tests. Frank Mir, his previous opponent, tested positive for oral turinabol metabolites, which is classified as an anabolic steroid. His 2013 Fight of the Year against Antonio Silva was marred when Silva tested for elevated levels of testosterone.
While Hunt hired a lawyer in August to help with the issue, the UFC has proceeded with business as usual and have offered him two fights, one against Josh Barnett and another against Junior dos Santos. Hunt wanted a stipulation in the bout against dos Santos that stipulated he got all the money if dos Santos was caught doping. The answer was no.
Brock Lesnar was scheduled to appear before the NAC on Nov. 10, 2016 but filed a continuance, which pushed the hearing back to December.
"As soon as we find out what happens with Brock Lesnar, of course," he said. "I want compensation for what’s happened and I want a change. Either that or release me from my contract.
"Like I said, if you’re not going to make it an even playing field or a fair go, you’re not going to put a clause in my contract that says that makes me a feel a bit more better, well then why should I…I’m already in a contract I can’t get out of.
"The way I look at it is, why should my family miss out? Why should I miss out on chasing my dreams because of these dopers. People say, well Mark, you knew he was doping before, well no I didn’t. I never tested him myself, I assumed he was. Look at him…there’s no way that guy’s not on steroids. Coming from WWE, which is an entertainment sport, which is not ever real competition.”
Lesnar, who returned to WWE to get destroyed by Goldberg at Survivor Series on Sunday, faces a one-year ban from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) as well as having his unanimous decision against Hunt at UFC 200 reversed to a no contest.
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