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Hunt turned down JDS fight at UFC 206 over continued UFC dispute

Mark Hunt v Frank Mir, UFC Heavyweight, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia. 20 March, 2016. (Photo by Patrick Hamilton/Photosport/Icon Sportswire) ****NO AGENTS----NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA SALES ONLY----NO AGENTS----NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA SALES ONLY****
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Mark Hunt is still in dispute with the UFC and, according to his attorney, turned down a fight against No. 4 heavyweight Junior dos Santos at UFC 206 over it.

Hunt last fought at UFC 200 where he took on Brock Lesnar. Lesnar won via unanimous decision, but afterwards it was found that he tested positive in his out-of-competition and in-competition test for an estrogen-blocker. It was the third time in three years that Hunt’s opponent had failed his drug test. And now Hunt is looking at possibly taking legal action against the UFC.

“Simply with respect to moving forward, Mark is getting older. He’s in his 40’s now. He is tired of fighting people who are, what he calls, ‘juicers.’ That does nothing for his brand when he has to take a loss and then it comes out later that the person is doping… That’s not advancing his career. So moving forward he wants to have bout agreements that provide for compensation to the non-doping fighter if one of the competitors is ultimately found to be doping. He thinks that would provide a deterrent for fighters to violate the anti-doping provisions,” Christina Denning, Hunt’s attorney, said on The Luke Thomas Show (transcription via MMA Fighting).

“This is not a new concept. All the sudden Mark hasn’t woken up after this Lesnar fight and said, ‘I really want to do something about doping violations.’ He’s always had a great disdain for doping in his sport and in the sport that he’s chosen to pursue. In his book…he expresses relief that when he finally got to the UFC, that the UFC actually had some anti-doping policies…This is not just coming out of nowhere for him. This is something he’s felt strongly about and he feels really let down by the UFC and he really wants to fight. He really wants to fight again, he just doesn’t want to be thrown in the ring with another person that tests positive for steroids.

“Mark turned down the upcoming UFC 206 fight against Junior dos Santos because the UFC wouldn’t agree to the terms that we have proposed. The UFC folks haven’t shut any doors on us and they haven’t said we’ll never talk to you about a provision like this in the contracts. The door is open. I’m waiting for the UFC to call us and come up with a resolution.

“Normally I’d just file a lawsuit… but we are talking about it because he want’s to resolve it and he wants to fight. He just wants a fair fight. That’s what the UFC anti-doping policy, that’s what they state is the goal of it, to have a level playing field and it’s not.”

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