The continued feud between Mark Hunt and the UFC continues to grow after more leaked text message exchanges have come to light between the current UFC CEO, Dana White, and the former CEO, Lorenzo Fertitta.
In the newly leaked texts it looks like Dana White had urged Lorenzo Fertitta to “bury” the heavy-handed Hunt who had previously fought for the interim Heavyweight championship at UFC 180.
Dana White Texts Lorenzo Fertitta to “Bury” Mark Hunt
It has been documented by Bloody Elbow and reporter John S. Nash with the obtained text exchanges that White was texting to Fertitta saying in the message: “Okay, yeah. He’s (Mark Hunt) a f*ck head. Bury that f*cker.”
These messages came out after White had indicated that he had nothing to do with the lawsuit “No. Literally zero,” White told Aaron Bronsteter.
“I never think about it, ever. It has nothing to do with me.”
“I never think about it, ever. It has nothing to do with me.” But now it seems White may have knew something with correcting how the term “bury” was used. White claims in a deposition that the term “bury” was used in context of suing Mark Hunt.
Mark Hunt launched his initial lawsuit against the UFC with his UFC 200 booking against former Heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar, after Hunt initially lost the fight by decision to Lesnar. It wasn’t until later that Mark Hunt’s loss was overturned to show on his record as a ‘No Contest’ after Brock tested positive for the banned substance, clomiphene.
It is eye-opening the way the UFC brass speaks about the fighters who give the company so much, and quite disappointing even if the messages were misinterpreted.
Hunt’s time with the UFC may not have went how he would have imagined with 8 wins, 8 losses, 1 draw and 1 no contest from 2010 to 2018, but it was memorable nonetheless.
It is unfortunate how Mark Hunt’s career unfolded during his tenure with the UFC. UFC 200 was supposed to be special, not only for the fans but for the fighters on the card, and instead Hunt looks back at it with a bitter taste.
Mark Hunt had such a memorable career with Pride and the UFC and gave so much blood and sweat to the sport that it is tragic that we may never see his name enshrined in a Hall of Fame.
How will you remember Mark Hunt’s time with the UFC? Is it the memorable knockouts and wars he had inside the Octagon, or his battle in court with the lawsuits against the company?
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