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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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Mark Hunt files RICO lawsuit against the UFC, Brock Lesnar, and Dana White

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He said he was going to do it and he did. On Tuesday, UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt filed a RICO lawsuit in Nevada federal court against the UFC, Brock Lesnar, and Dana White. Other charges include conspiracy to commit crime related to racketeering, fraud, false pretenses, breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, negligence, and unjust enrichment.

Hunt unloads in his complaint, citing the Fertitta brothers “2000 percent return on their 2001 investment,” the UFC’s “disproportionate share” of revenue, “contractual compulsion” to fight opponents who use performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), and the obstruction of “fair competition.”

Regarding Lesnar, Hunt claims, “Without HUNT’s knowledge or consent, the UFC conspired and caused LESNAR, a doping fighter, to fight HUNT, a clean fighter, despite the fact that LESNAR used substances banned by the UFC, USADA and WADA. The substances, Clomiphene and 4-Hydroxyclomiphene, are known ‘Post Cycle Therapy’ (‘PCT’) substances believed to be used after a period of strength training with anabolic steroids or similar prohibited substances.”

Hunt cites a pattern of conduct that consistently jeopardizes fighter health and safety for profit including the granting of doping and drug test exemptions to known dopers and causing them to compete with clean fighters, noting that his last three opponents had used PEDs.

As a factual allegation common to all Hunt’s causes of action, he claims the UFC suppressed Vitor Belfort’s drug test results for UFC 152, and walks through a timeline of how a UFC paralegal inadvertently e-mailed Belfort’s drug test results to 29 other fighters, trainers, and managers. His results were flagged for having free testosterone approximately 2.5 times the normal range.

“Notwithstanding Belfort’s drug test result, the UFC concealed and actively suppressed by threat of litigation the test results, and caused and permitted the bout between Belfort and Jones to proceed. On information and belief, the UFC permitted Belfort to fight notwithstanding his drug testing results, in part, to prevent the embarrassment of a subsequent cancelled event, damage to the reputation and brand of the UFC, and in direct pursuit of profit, to the detriment of fighter safety, in violation of state and federal law as described further below,” Hunt alleges.

Regarding UFC 200, Hunt claims the UFC and Lesnar began negotiations in March 2016, more than four months prior to the event and enough time to comply with USADA protocols.

On or about June 6, 2016, LESNAR was registered by USADA into the UFC Anti-Doping Policy testing pool. On information and belief, premised on publicly available documents, on or around July 1, 2016, the NSAC requested further information from UFC justifying the LESNAR drug testing retirement exemption.

In an email from UFC executive Jeff Novitzky, dated July 1, 2016 at 12:23 p.m., UFC admitted to the NSAC that UFC notified LESNAR he would not be drug tested until he executed his UFC 200 bout agreement.

Defendants LESNAR and UFC both had actual knowledge of LESNAR’s impending participation in UFC 200 more than four months in advance of that event, constituting sufficient time for LESNAR to comply with USADA drug testing protocols.

The UFC “conspired and caused” Lesnar to evade USADA drug testing, according to the complaint.



To Hunt, the one-off nature of Lesnar’s permission to return to the UFC in spite of his exclusive WWE contract eliminated the disincentive to dope. “LESNAR’s and UFC’s interests in having LESNAR compete in UFC 200 were aligned such that any punishment from a doping violation, including suspensions or fines, would be relatively negligible,” he claims.

Even though Lesnar’s win was overturned to a No Contest, Hunt believes his reputation was damaged and he lost the opportunity to further his career and earning potential.

Citing the failed drug tests of two other opponents, Frank Mir and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Hunt claims the UFC’s conduct “represents a pattern of liberally granting purported use exemptions and other drug testing exemptions” without safeguards to prevent abuse.



In his RICO charge, Hunt alleges that the defendants wrongfully maximized profit, including the recent $4.2 billion UFC sale, “to the detriment of the health and safety of all fighters and to the detriment of fair competition.”

Hunt is seeking compensatory damages according to proof, triple damages, and punitive damages “sufficient to deter illegal doping in the sport of mixed martial arts.”

The UFC will likely move to dismiss the charges next. Bloody Elbow will keep readers updated as the case progresses.
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Am I the only one thinking that this is a bit of an overreaction?

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Nice Mark Hunt. Stick it to them, its time someone did. That whole Lesnar thing was an absolute farce and at the end of it all Hunt was fighting a giant man juiced up to the gills for 15 minutes in the cage. And the guy cheating walked away with a giant purse and the UFC with millions of additional dollars from all the pantomime fans who bought the PPV. Hunt on the other hand got an L on his record, a fraction of what the other parties made and a load of punches in the head. They should have sorted him out after Lesnar tested positive but they chose to be greedy and didn't, so he is 100% right to do this. I just hope he doesn't lose the case and go broke doing it.

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Can you imagine if Hunt wins this, the class action suit wins, and the Ali Act passes and applies towards MMA?

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Can you imagine if Hunt wins this, the class action suit wins, and the Ali Act passes and applies towards MMA?
I think they will settle this with Hunt out of court for a few mil if he is able to get past the first couple of hearings with his legal team. The class action suit will be settled too, but for much less then it could of been at the start because the UFC have been allowing much more competition in the sport with free agents etc since that lawsuit was filed. And the Ali Act will pass, and while it may hurt the UFC it won't hurt the sport. I think we'll have better cards, more super fights and bigger events. At the end of it all the fans and the fighters will both be doing better.

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Yeah I've been thinking about what the new ownership group has been thinking.
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Am I the only one thinking that this is a bit of an overreaction?
I can see both sides, most of Hunts fights have been against cheats. However Lesnar got caught with a non-steroid non-ped it was a banned substance.


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To me it seems like he went from being a chill guy to full on paranoid conspiracy theorist.
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I can see both sides, most of Hunts fights have been against cheats. However Lesnar got caught with a non-steroid non-ped it was a banned substance.
A substance used to stop bitch tits which rapidly form as you hit your late 30's if you've been doing steroid cycles. Oh Lesnar would never do that, the poster boy for steroids for anyone that can actual see.

Standing up for Lesnar is like standing up for Cyborg who just got popped.

Turns down a title shot in 8 weeks because she can't make weight and then is posting instagram pictures powerlifting 300 pounds the same week. And then people actually believe the ugly bitch isn't doing steroids and a cheat. Just like JJ who transformed for an average body to a muscular freak, again powerlifting huge weights and then miraculously gets popped for expensive designer drugs used post steroid cycle that magically appear in dick pills which he takes because his dick is so big 'he needs a lot of blood down there'. His excuse tells you all about his vanity.

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Mark knew Lesnar was on the gear before he fought him, he even said so. I guess that 600k carrot was too good turn down though. He's spat his dummy out because he lost.

Thats not to say I don't agree with what he's saying, but I wonder if this has been his plan all along. 600k payday and in the likely even Lesnar pisses hot, sue the UFC for more money. Why not, his best days are behind him.

Also, what precedent does it set for other fighters? Will they all start suing the UFC because their opponents have pissed hot?

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