No surprises here — UFC heavyweight fighter Mark Hunt is still as salty as ever when it comes to his UFC 200 opponent, Brock Lesnar. And as far as Lesnar’s potential“superfight” against UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones is concerned, Hunt is more than happy to throw a fair bit of shade at both men for their recent history of USADA doping violations.
In a recent appearance on the Real Quick with Mike Swick podcast, the 43-year-old Hunt didn't hold back his feelings for “The Beast,” as the New Zealand fighter referred to his potential UFC fight against Jones as a match between “the two biggest cheaters in the world.” As usual, Hunt’s comments were peppered with a lot of NSFW language, as he repeatedly stressed that he wouldn’t pay to watch two men who have both ran afoul of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
“At the end of the day, [Lesnar] weighed up the options,” Hunt fumed, complaining that he feels USADA isn’t doing enough to curb cheating in the UFC. “He said, I’m gonna fight this fight and I’ll probably make about $15-20 million. I’ll get caught. I’ll probably have to pay a $250,000 fine, or $500,000 or whatever it is and I’ll walk away.
While Hunt was willing to put Jones over as a talented fighter whom he used to respect, the burly UFC veteran quickly added that he lost respect for "Bones" after the USADA slapped him with a retroactive one-year doping suspension in November last year. Jones became eligible to return last month, and he did so with a vengeance, defeating Daniel Cormier to become a two-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion at UFC 214. That was also where Jones issued his challenge to Lesnar, who is serving a USADA suspension of his own for using a banned substance ahead of UFC 200 last year.
As noted by MMA Fighting, the Brock Lesnar vs. Jon Jones “superfight” might not have a chance of taking place. Lesnar officially retired from MMA earlier this year and has yet to reenter the USADA testing pool, contrary to what rumors had recently suggested. Furthermore, the reigning WWE Universal Champion’s contract with the company doesn't expire until spring 2018, which means he’s essentially on a WWE deal until next year’s WrestleMania.
We can understand where Mark Hunt’s angst comes from—it’s hard not to see it as a slap on the wrist when a UFC fighter could earn back their doping fines and then some several times over, by simply making one octagon appearance. But he just might want to let this one slide because Brock Lesnar vs. Jon Jones, should it become a reality, is truly a marquee match fight fans shouldn’t be denied, while also doing good business for Dana White and the UFC. Of course, there’s a chance it might end up as MMA’s answer to Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, but on paper, such a fight has the potential to become one of the biggest in over two decades of UFC history.
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