Dana White förklarar Mark Hunt-situationen: “Han fullkomligen vägrade…”

Ord står mot ord då tungviktaren Mark Hunt och UFCs president Dana White fortsätter sin infekterade fejd.

Mark “The Super Samoan” Hunt har redan en aktiv stämning gentemot UFC men bråket mellan honom och organisationen tog ytterligare en vändning när han blev avlägsnad från huvudmatchen mot Marcin Tybura, ett möte som skulle tagit vid under UFC Fight Night 121 den 19 november i Australien.

Beslutet kom efter att Hunt skrivit en artikel där han avslöjade att han har problem med sömnen, har börjat sluddra och glömmer saker han gjorde dagen innan:

”Sometimes I don’t sleep well. You can hear me starting to stutter and slur my words. 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”.

Inte helt oväntat så reagerade Hunt med en ilska som först och främst var riktad mot UFCs president Dana White:

@danawhite u peice of shit motherfuker why u fuckers pull me from the fight u getting another lawsuit u fuckwit u can kiss my ass u bald headed prick??????? u put that chicken shit bitch in get fucked cocksucker

@danawhite u peice of shit motherfuker why u fuckers pull me from the fight u getting another lawsuit u fuckwit u can kiss my ass u bald headed prick🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕 u put that chicken shit bitch in get fucked cocksucker

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Erbjöds att göra tester hos en specialist

White har nu besvarat Hunts hårda ord och ger sin sida av historien. UFCs president hävdar bland annat att Hunt erbjöds att flyga förstaklass till Lou Ruvo Brain Center i Las Vegas för att göra extra tester men att “The Super Samoan” vägrade.

White fortsätter att argumentera emot Hunts påståenden om att han för en personliga vendetta mot atleten och pekar bland annat på de senaste matcherna som Hunt varit delaktig i, detta efter att Hunt bland annat stämt UFC.

Du kan ta del av hela uttalandet här nedan (via MMAfighting.com):

“Mark Hunt was never “cleared” to fight Marcin Tybura in Sydney, Australia this November. Period. And the statements he’s been making, saying that he is, are just not true.

“Let me tell you what I know.

“Mark Hunt recently wrote an op-ed piece for an Australian website that described some serious symptoms.

“He wrote that he’s starting to stutter and slur his words.

“He wrote that he’s not sleeping well.

“He wrote that he can’t remember something he did yesterday.

“These are his words, from him, but now he’s saying it was taken out of context. How can you take your own words out of context? So you know what I did? My team contacted his management within the first week of learning about these symptoms and offered to fly him to Las Vegas first class to visit the Lou Ruvo Brain Center — which is the best in the world for brain research — to get more tests done. And you know what? He absolutely refused.

“How can I put a guy with these symptoms he said he’s experiencing immediately back in the Octagon without additional tests? I definitely wasn’t going to do that. So I did the only thing I could do — which is to pull him off an event that would have him fighting just nine weeks after writing his piece so he can have the proper time to see a specialist. Let me remind you that this is an event I already had signed contracts for and spent a lot of money marketing and advertising, so this was a big loss. But it was the right thing to do.

“So here we are now. After all of this, Mark is saying that I have it out for him and I am holding a grudge because he filed a lawsuit. Let me ask you this:

“Would I have placed him in two additional fights, including one in which he headlined the event?

“Or paid him 1.645 million dollars, which includes a $50k Fight of the Night bonus and a $25k discretionary bonus?

“All of this was AFTER the lawsuit, so how can anyone say I have any issues with this guy?

“Bottom line, my job is to put on the best fights in the world and part of that is to protect these guys from themselves. I get it, they’re fighters and they want to fight. But this only works if safety comes first, and that’s always been my goal — to provide a level playing field and a safe, regulated environment for our fighters to compete in. I’ve been doing that for almost 20 years and I’m not going to stop now.”

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