Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Mark Hunt Pulled from UFC Sydney, Blasts Dana White in Response

That's just the price I've paid - the price of being a fighter.

For years, he made his name on both the kickboxing and mixed martial arts circuit not only as a result of his iron chin and near-immeasurable punching power, but also due to the fact that - as fighters go - the man just seemed to enjoy the thrill of combat as much as one really could whilst being socked in the jaw repeatedly by all manner of attacks.

It's interesting to see Hunt refer to the Player's Voice article as an "interview" as he was quoted as author on the story. The UFC announced the news in a statement released Tuesday. "I've still got my senses about me and I know what's right and wrong, which is the main thing", Hunt wrote in a piece for the Players Voice.

In a statement, the organisation said Hunt has been pulled due to medical concerns. Upon finding out about his removal from the November 19 card, Hunt posted quite the strong response on his Instagram account, which can be found here (NSFW Language).

'The truth is the legal case I have filed has caused me to be withdrawn.

"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".

'Sometimes I don't sleep well.

Hunt's relationship with the UFC has been strained in recent times as a result of the failed out-of-competition drug test taken by his UFC 200 opponent Brock Lesnar, following his mauling at the hands of the WWE superstar past year. My memory is not that good anymore.

"I have passed all medicals two days ago and spent $100,000 on camp".

In the article, Hunt (13-11) said he struggled with memory loss and had started to stutter and slur his words. Athlete health and safety is of the utmost importance to the organization and it would never knowingly schedule an athlete complaining of health issues for a fight.

Shortly after he was taken out of the contest, the ever-candid Hunt hit back at the UFC and its president Dana Whit in a profane Instagram post.

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.

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