Ex-UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt is the latest to publicly call out UFC president Dana White over fighter treatment.
Following his bout at UFC 200 against Brock Lesnar, Hunt filed a lawsuit against the UFC. The lawsuit, filed against Dana White and former UFC owners the Fertitta Brothers, stated that the organization endangered Hunt. The suit is one claiming fraud and battery. Hunt’s case was that the promotion endangered him by placing him in the cage with Lesnar. The claim was that the UFC knew Lesnar was using PEDs, therefore knowingly endangering Hunt by scheduling the fight. The original lawsuit was dismissed in 2019, but recently reopened in appeals court.
Hunt Ordered to Pay Legal Fees
Recently, it was reported that Hunt was ordered to pay over $375k in legal fees. Because of a contractual clause, in any unsuccessful lawsuit against the UFC, the defendant would be ordered to pay legal fees. Hunt argued against this because of the ongoing appeal, but a judges ruled in favor of the UFC. Therefore, Hunt was reportedly ordered to pay a total of $388,235.22.
In response to this ruling, Hunt took to social media. He would deny the reports of him having to pay that grand sum. On Facebook, the former knockout artist offered an ultimatum to Dana White and the Fertitta brothers, his former bosses.
“Mark ‘The Super Samoan’ Hunt vs. Dana ‘The Parasite’ White, Lorenzo Fertitta and Frank Fertitta. 5 rounds MMA with these losers.” Hunt said. “Dana White, Frank Fertitta and Lorenzo Fertitta have sucked the life out of so many fighters. Him and his scum friends. You win, I drop the lawsuit. I win, you pay every fighter you have ripped off since UFC started. Now who would pay to see that?”
Debate Over Fighter Treatment Rages On
Hunt’s ultimatum to Dana White is only the latest story in the debate around fighter treatment in the UFC. In addition to Hunt, YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul has also challenged Dana White. Paul has been very outspoken about what he views as unfair treatment of fighters by the promotion. Most recently, he offered to sign a contract with the organization in exchange for better pay and more rights for UFC talent.