Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Mark Hunt: If I Die Fighting, That is Fine

The UFC heavyweight stalwart and outspoken critic of fighters who use performance enhancing drugs is a born fighter

According to Hunt, he will go out the same way.

While his words may carry a sensational edge to them, Hunt is far from lying. The current situation involving Jon Jones‘ latest banned substances scandal has reignited Hunt’s criticism of fighters who have been caught in the act of cheating. The “Super Samoan” also spoke to MMAFighting about his desire to win his first UFC title, given that he feels the heavyweight division is a more even playing field with USADA’s overseeing of testing:

“I will probably end my life fighting.

“I’ve been fighting since I was a child, fighting to get out of my circumstances. I used to make $300 a week, struggling to put food on the table but I have become one of the highest-paid fighters in the world. I feel that’s destiny. This is what I’m supposed to be doing and if I die fighting, that’s fine. I just hope that if it does happen, it will be in an honest and fair competition.

“My body is f**ked but my mind is still here. I’ve still got my senses about me and I know what’s right and wrong, which is the main thing. Sometimes I don’t sleep well. You can hear me starting to stutter and slur my words. My memory is not that good anymore. I’ll forget something I did yesterday but I can remember the s**t I did years and years ago. That’s just the price I’ve paid – the price of being a fighter. But I’ve fought a lot of drug cheats and copped a lot of punishment from guys who were cheating and that’s not right.”

Hunt insists that his path to becoming a UFC champion would have been met earlier if it hadn’t been for his opponent’s unscrupulous methods of gaining an advantage inside the octagon:

“I’d be champ already if it wasn’t for the cheaters. I’d probably be retired, sitting at home playing video games all day, eating KFC. These guys couldn’t cut it with me if they weren’t cheating. I’ve missed out on sponsors and millions of dollars. It pisses me off when I think about it. If you take away all my fights against juicers, it would probably be half of my fight record gone. I paid my way to the top with blood and sweat, these guys had to enhance themselves to get here.

“Everyone says the first Bigfoot fight is one of the greatest heavyweight bouts of all time, but not for me. It’s stained. That guy ruined everything. You take away his juice and he’s nothing. The first fight we had, we nearly killed each other. The second fight, when he was clean, he didn’t even last a round. He wasn’t the same person as the one that almost frigging killed me.”

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