Mark Hunt ain't no bitch
When you hear the term, "walk off ko", Hunt is the first name you think of.
I have to agree with Hunt on this. I know it might seem petty, but why should it be fair a fighter gets special treatment in the form of multiple failed steroid test, still gets to fight and make money? Even though the fight was later ruled a no contest, this still affected Hunt's fighting legacy. People will remember he lost and they won't take into consideration the ped use of Brock.
UFC has done an outstanding job of staying afloat during the pandemic, and I give Dana White and company all the credit in that regard, but knowingly allowing fighters to fight after failed test, they are wrong for that.
Here’s the problem..
Mark Hunt continuously accused Brock of being a PED user leading up to their fight. I knew Brock was a lifelong PED user, you knew he was, everyone here knew he was. No one thought he was coming back juice free, not even his biggest fans.
So Hunt had these options in my opinion
1. Turn down the fight due to knowing Brock is a PED abusing cheat. Leave with morals intact
2. Take the fight and show him that even being a PED abusing cheat, he’ll get that walk off KO
What you can’t do, is take the fight, whilst KNOWING AND TELLING everyone your opponent is a cheat, and then bitch and moan afterwards.
Hunt took the fight for the biggest payday of his career, a payday none of us will say he didn’t earn with what he’d given the sport. To then file mulitple lawsuits because the guy you took that payday for, was the guy you KNEW he was, is a bitch move.
Unfortunatley for Mark, his lawyers are taking every bit of the money he ever earned on a non case. He’ll be broke and have a very difficult time in life in future due to all this, and it’s a fucking shame for one of the guys who defined what the term “fighter” means to a lot of us
Every fighter who ever took a fight with Brock & Cyborg did so for exposure and/or money. Every man and woman these two faced knew the amount of PEDs they were on, it isn’t fucking difficult to see is it. Don’t fucking moan after you leave your morals at the door and fight these lifelong drugs cheats
I still don't like the whole concept of "assumption of risk" and the semantics game the lawyers are playing. Lesnar was clearly doping and clearly got caught. IMO, the way this needs to be handled in the future, is the offending party should forfeit 100% of their money to the wronged party, and be given a non-negotiable two year suspension for first time offenses. Second time, banned forever. If it's a title fight, the champion is immediately stripped, and after his suspension is over, they return unranked.
This Lesnar - Hunt thing isn't new, and it's a symptom of a bigger problem within the sport - til this day, there is still enough financial incentive to cheat relative to the risk of getting caught. In reality, Brock was able to dope, still got his payday of over $2M (and who knows how much more in other revenues), had to have the fight changed to a no contest (which no casual fan will ever care about), and all he had to do was drop a paltry sum of $250K for it to happen. I mean, realistically, if he was sure he'd never fight again, he probably could have told NSAC to eat a dick and not even pay the fine, but that's not smart business, and Brock knows that.
So yeah, this comes back to the age old discussion of needing to make the punishment a real deterrent, and the way you do that is by destroying the careers of cheaters. If someone is forced to lose all of their money and is kicked out of the game for two years, unable to earn and getting passed by by their competitors, maybe they'll think twice, but as long as the financial benefits of cheating still outweigh the risks, it'll never truly stop.