Mark Hunt has been campaigning hard for a PED clause to be attached to his UFC bout agreements, but the feared slugger has agreed to face Alistair Overeem on March 4th, even though he didn’t get what he wanted.
Since it was announced that Brock Lesnar tested positive for banned substances, an outraged Hunt has been calling for harsher penalties to be handed PED offenders. Not only that, but Hunt demanded that the UFC give him the cash Lesnar earned for their UFC 200 bout, which the latter won via decision (the result has since been overturned).
Well, that hasn’t happened, and the UFC didn’t attach a PED clause to the upcoming Hunt-Overeem fight either. So why did Hunt finally agree to the bout? After initially saying he wouldn’t fight without it?
Recently Hunt spoke with New Zealand’s Stuff, and the popular fighter explained why he’s agreed to face Overeem:
“I’m not young, I’m 42 years old. In six months I’ve already missed out on a couple of fights, I’ve already missed out on a couple million dollars,” Hunt said.
“At the end of the day I’ve stuck to my word. I’ve got no option, I’m in a contract that I can’t get out of.
“Think it from my position, I had no other option. I can’t work anywhere else so what am I supposed to do – let my family starve?”
Hunt’s certainly in a difficult position, and as he alluded to, at this stage of his career he doesn’t have many other options, aside from hanging up the gloves. Although Hunt hasn’t got what he wanted, he has certainly raised even more awareness about the PED issue.
Hunt – Overeem will be part of UFC 209, which will take place in Las Vegas.