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Mark Hunt weighs in on Brock Lesnar’s UFC return: “I think it’s s**t”

Kiwi heavyweight star says Brock Lesnar doesn’t deserve to be handed an instant title shot on his return

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A lot of fans are excited at the prospect of Brock Lesnar returning to the UFC at some point in 2019, but don’t count Mark Hunt among that number.

The Kiwi heavyweight was beaten by Lesnar at UFC 200, with the WWE star and former UFC heavyweight champion earning a then-record $2.5million payday for his work.

But following Hunt’s loss, it was subsequently announced that Lesnar had failed pre- and post-fight USADA drug tests. It saw Lesnar suspended for a year by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but he kept his money, a fact that infuriated Hunt.

Brock Lesnar failed two drug tests for his last fight, but he's getting a title shot on his return (Per Haljestam)

Brock Lesnar failed two drug tests for his last fight, but he’s getting a title shot on his return (Per Haljestam)

Fast-forward to present day, and the news of Lesnar’s imminent return to face Daniel Cormier for the UFC heavyweight title next year has prompted a predictably unimpressed reaction from Hunt, whose lawsuit with the UFC following his fight with Lesnar remains ongoing.

“What do we have rankings for?” he told Submission Radio.

“It is what it, is man. That’s not my call, that’s just the way it is. I think it’s s**t though.”

And Hunt questioned the the UFC would cosy up to a fighter who returned to the sport after a long period away only to instantly fail routine drug tests.

“He’s cheating and trying to hurt me and you say, ‘oh, we’re going to be nice here’. F**k that cheater.

“How are you gonna be nice to the guy that is taking shortcuts, man? Don’t give him that. Why would you want to give him that sort of s**t? F**k, they don’t deserve it.

“You know, all these guys are just shortcut takers, and to me that’s all they’ll ever be. Nothing else.”

Lesnar and Hunt clashed at UFC 200 in 2016 (Per Haljestam)

Lesnar and Hunt clashed at UFC 200 in 2016 (Per Haljestam)

Hunt said his lawsuit with the UFC wasn’t about him being awarded some of Lesnar’s colossal fight purse. Instead, he says he wants the UFC to ensure there is a level playing field for fighters.

“Like I said, I didn’t want a lawsuit or a court case against any of these (guys). I said to Dana already about the s**t, you know, take that motherf****r’s money off him. Don’t give it to me, just take it off the c**t so he doesn’t get nothing.

“But he wouldn’t have it, so that’s why we’re here now. And with this lawsuit, all I’ve been trying to do is make it an even playing field.

“It’s not even these guys, these guys are cheating flat out and they’re still getting these opportunities. Why? Honestly?”

Lesnar is set to return against Daniel Cormier in early 2019 (Per Haljestam)

Lesnar is set to return against Daniel Cormier in early 2019 (Per Haljestam)

Hunt returns to action at the weekend against Aleksei Oleinik in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Moscow, and the big Kiwi says he has his Ukrainian opponent well scouted ahead of their matchup in Russia.

“I didn’t know much about Aleksei,” he said.

“He did call me out a while ago. I have met him a couple of times, he’s actually a nice guy.

“I know about his Ezekiel choke. You know, we worked on that, on everything. On my fighting, my guard, my stand-up.

“Evolution makes you a better person. If you don’t learn from the same mistakes or someone else’s, then you’re still gonna be losing. So, I look forward to dancing with Aleksei. He’s a nice guy.”

And Hunt’s gameplan is no different from his usual approach – step into the octagon, close his opponent down, then knock them out clean.

“Well, I’m not going to try to take it to where his game is,” he said.

“Like I said, my game plan is simple and it’s always been simple. I train for everything, prepare for the worst. But my game plan is to just go, knock his face off, and how that works is just knowing what he’s trying to do.

“So he knows what I’m gonna do, you know, it’s just a matter if he can stop it!”

Freelance sports writer and MMA reporter with 19 years’ experience in the UK's national media covering major sporting events including UFC world title fights, Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championships, Grand National and the FA Cup Final.

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