UFC’s Mark Hunt Files Civil Suit Against Brock Lesnar, Promotion

The former Pride star threatened legal action if the UFC didn’t punish Lesnar giving him a percentage of his purse. ESPN reports that Hunt filed suit in U.S. District Court today seeking compensatory and punitive damages along with a demand for the defendants to “disgorge their ill-gotten profits”. Hunt also requested that he be compensated for damages relating to his physical wellbeing and his “overall brand”.In an email from UFC executive Jeff Novitzky, dated July 1, 2016 at 12:23 p.m., UFC admitted to the NSAC that UFC notified LESNAR he would not be drug tested until he executed his UFC 200 bout agreement.Lesnar tested positive for clomiphene, an anti-estrogen agent which can be used to combat the side-effects of using steroids.Lesnar was fined $250,000 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and suspended one year. However, the suspensions were retroactive, meaning he’ll be eligible to fight again in July 2017. He has also demanded anti-doping clauses in his fights going forward, stating that an opponent should forfeit his entire winner’s purse should he flunk a drug test. Hunt also believes the UFC could have obtained the results to Lesnar’s bad drug tests before the fight took place but they chose not too.Because the bout between the two was decided by way of decision, the result was later changed to no contest after Lesnar’s failed tests were made public. “They (UFC) need to be held accountable for this”.Mark Hunt has had enough.Hunt made a disclosed purse of $700,000.The UFC – and Dana White in particular – have consistently claimed that their drug testing is among the most strict systems in the world but don’t shy away from the fact that they are fighting a battle to reduce performance enhancing drug use.The lawsuit points to a number of failed drug tests-both Antônio Silva and Frank Mir previously failed fight-night tests when competing against Hunt-and alleges “a pattern of liberally granting purported use exemptions and other drug testing exemptions, without any additional safeguards to prevent abuse”.Hunt was controversially granted an exemption from the four-month written notice rule for un-retiring athletes under the USADA/UFC policy, which Hunt was very vocal about before the positive test news emerged.”I didn’t want to be in this position”, Hunt said. Fans say, ‘Mark, you knew he was juicing.’ I didn’t know. It wasn’t good. I asked to get out of my contract but I can’t. You look at him and think, ‘Yeah, he’s on the gear, ‘ but don’t judge a book by its cover and all that.While Mark Hunt will be returning to the Octagon at UFC 209 to take on Alistair Overeem, it sounds like he’ll be facing another battle inside of a courtroom.