According to a Wednesday morning report from Brett Okamoto of ESPN, UFC heavyweight contender Mark Hunt has filed a civil lawsuit against the UFC, president Dana White and one of his former opponents in current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar.
Filed in a Nevada District Court on Tuesday, the civil lawsuit alleges that the aforementioned defendants, “affirmatively circumvented and obstructed fair competition for their own benefit.” The case specifically stems from a heavyweight bout between Hunt and Lesnar from July 9’s UFC 200, in which Lesnar tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs as he has since been suspended on numerous levels.
“[The lawsuit] accuses the parties of racketeering, which carries the potential weight of treble damages, and fraud, among other allegations,” Okamoto writes. “Hunt is seeking financial relief for damages, both physical and to his overall brand.”
The 42-year-old Hunt is a veteran of the sport of mixed martial arts, who continues to speak out against the use of performance-enhancing drugs and banned substances. Despite the news of Hunt bringing about a lawsuit, he is currently slated to fight fellow heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem at UFC 209 on March 4 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I want the UFC to understand it’s not OK to keep doing what they’re doing,” Hunt told ESPN.com. “They’re allowing guys to do this. They had a chance to take all the money from this guy, because he’s a cheater, and they didn’t.
“What message is that sending to the boys and girls who want to be a fighter someday? The message is, ‘You just have to cheat like this and it’s OK.’ In society, if you commit a crime, you pay. Why is it different in MMA? It’s hurt the business, so it’s even worse. They need to be held accountable for this.”