UFC Pulls Mark Hunt From Sydney Headliner Following Comments About His Health

Brazil's Fabricio Werdum lands a punch to United States' Cain Velasquez during a heavyweight mixed martial arts title bout at UFC 188 in Mexico City Saturday

Kiwi fighter Mark Hunt pulled from Sydney event after confessing to fight-related health issues, lashes out at UFC

The UFC announced the news in a statement released Tuesday.

In a recent piece for Players Voice, Hunt spoke of some of the health problems he has seemingly suffered during a combat sports career which began almost 20 years ago. Despite that, he's been a longtime critic of the UFC's business and an advocate for increased fighter pay.

The straight talker pulled no punches on Instagram this morning, threatening to sue the UFC and describing White as a "bald-headed prick".

Hunt is adamant he is still able to fight, saying he passed all his medicals before being pulled from the November card in Sydney. I'll forget something I did yesterday, but I can remember the s**t I did years and years ago.

"The Super Samoan" obviously feeling insulted by the fact that yet another one of his opponents was popped for steroids filed a lawsuit against the UFC and has been embroiled in legal battle with them ever since. The interview has been taken out of context and want to reassure all my fans, I slur my words only when I have a drink.

"I'm fit and healthy, and would have understood if the UFC requested a medical to ensure my safety".

The loss was later overturned to a no-contest after Lesnar tested positive to a banned substance.

Miesha Tate says UFC veteran Mark Hunt is too tough for his own good and should consider retiring before sustaining any more damage. "The health-related statements made by Hunt in the article represent the first time UFC was made aware of these claims".

"Athlete health and safety is of the utmost importance to the organisation and it would never knowingly schedule an athlete complaining of health issues for a fight".

Hunt has three fights remaining on his current contract and an official told Australia's Daily Telegraph he would have to undergo further testing and evaluations prior to competing in any future UFC bout.

"Stepping in for Hunt against the No. 8-ranked Tybura at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia will be former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, who is coming off a 65-second submission win over Walt Harris last Saturday in Las Vegas".

The heralded mixed martial arts promotion originally had Tybura squaring off with Sydney resident and New Zealand native Mark Hunt.

He now has legal proceedings against the UFC and Dana White in relation to his UFC 200 bout opposite Brock Lesnar in July previous year.

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