When Brock Lesnar entered the Octagon at UFC 226 this past July to confront light heavyweight/heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, MMA fans were torn over the prospect of the two fighters squaring off in early 2019.
Some were happy at the prospect of Lesnar returning to try to recapture UFC gold. Others were angry Lesnar would get a shot at Cormier because he has only competed one time since he originally retired from MMA in December 2011 after losing to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141. That one appearance came at UFC 200 in July 2016, when Lesnar scored a unanimous decision victory against Mark Hunt, only for the results to be overturned and declared a no contest due to Lesnar failing a drug test.
The person who is most upset about the heavyweight title showdown between Cormier and Lesnar is Hunt, who headlines Saturday’s UFC Moscow against Aleksei Oleinik. Hunt knows why the UFC is making the fight, but feels like there are more deserving fighters than Lesnar, who was starring in WWE.
“It’s all about the money, Hunt told Sporting News. “I don’t know why [Lesnar] is around. There are a lot more heavyweights deserving of a shot than him. He’s not even listed in the rankings. I only have a few more fights and I’m not even going to start sweating that s—.”
Right when Hunt finished his thought, he paused for 20 seconds and then continued to question why his employer would give Lesnar a title opportunity.
“I don’t give a s— to be honest, ” Hunt said. “I hope Cormier [wins] because he’s not a cheater. I’ve always respected him because he’s never cheated. I hope he finishes Brock Lesnar. The guy is a cheater. You shouldn’t be giving a guy like that any title shots. He’s a f— steroid user.”
The former UFC heavyweight title challenger is currently suing the UFC, Lesnar and Dana White because of Lesnar’s positive drug results. Hunt has two fights left on his UFC deal, including Saturday’s fight with Oleinik, but is still open to staying with the company.
All the 44-year-old wants from his employer is for everybody to be treated equally without any shortcuts granted. He feels that’s how the sport should be without any preferential treatment given.
“I have no idea how big companies work, but at the end of the day, the UFC is in the wrong here,” Hunt excliamed. “The lawsuit is about even playing field. That’s all I asked for a long time ago. If Dana White takes the money away from Lesnar, don’t give it to me, but put it back in the company. Why are you giving this guy money? I don’t think it’s a fair playing field.”