After a recent interview in which Mark Hunt had said, “you can hear me starting to stutter and slur my words” Dana White and the UFC has decided to pull Mark Hunt out of his upcoming scheduled fight November 19th in Sydney. Fabricio Werdum, who just fought this past Saturday has been chosen to step in against Marcin Tybura. In the interview, Hunt went on to say, “My memory is not that good anymore. I’ll forget something I did yesterday but I can remember the shit I did years and years ago. That’s just the price I’ve paid—the price of being a fighter.”
In Mark Hunt’s opinion, them pulling him off the card is a result of a current lawsuit that Hunt and his legal team had filed on the UFC after his contest at UFC 200 against Brock Lesnar. This interview happened back a few weeks ago so it is odd for the UFC to decide to pull Hunt off the card three weeks after the interview. Hunt also explained in his response to the news that he had passed all medicals done by the UFC in the lead up to this fight. The “Super Samoan” then went on a social media tirade with these three posts attacking UFC President Dana White along with the UFC.
. "I'm disappointed that I have been withdrawn from the fight, I have passed all medicals 2 days ago. And spent 100,000 on camp. The truth is the legal case I have filed has caused me to be withdrawn. The interview has been taken out of context and want to reassure all my fans, I slur my words only when I have a drink I'm fit and healthy, and would have understood if the UFC requested a medical to ensure my safety, however this is total bullshit fuck you Dana, you've always hated me you dog"
I feel both Hunt and White/UFC have arguments where you can at least see where they are coming from. It must be frustrating to go through most a fight camp and not be able to fight. On the other hand, fighters especially old school fighters like Mark Hunt are never going to want to stop fighting, so when he mentions he is slurring his words that should throw up a red flag for the UFC because the safety of the fighters is important. Both sides have compelling arguments, where do you sit on this feud?