Earlier this year, on the main card of UFC 209, heavyweight veteran Mark Hunt stepped into the cage with Alistair Overeem. Unfortunately for Hunt and his fans, this fight did not go according to plan. Instead, Overeem put Hunt away with knees in the third round.
On Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Hunt expressed some lingering issues he has with this fight, citing the fact that Overeem was allowed to use an IV to rehydrate – which is forbidden by both the Nevada Athletic Commission and USADA – in advance of the fight. The reason that Overeem was allowed to use an IV is because he fell ill with food poisoning just days before the fight. According to Hunt, however, this was all a fabrication to bend the rules.
“I still don’t understand why he was allowed an IV,” Hunt said. “If you’re going to set a rule, set a rule for everyone, not change it for your own liking, your own benefit…. I think it’s just a whole crock of shit. It’s all made-up rubbish. It’s rubbish, you know? Have rules for everyone, not changing them for anyone.
“I would’ve told him to toughen up,” he continued. “Fuck. Toughen up, mate. He didn’t look sick when he got to the fight. He looked like he was pretty hydrated there. I don’t believe he was sick at all. He made shit up, and they said, ‘Oh, here, have an IV. Give you a bit more help.’ Load of shit. I think I might say that next time, ‘I’m sick, I’m sick.’ Rubbish. He got away with cheating and that’s it. He got away with it, so good on him. He didn’t get caught, they gave him help. Well fuck, you’re still a cheater to me.”
What do you think of these comments from “The Super Samoan” Mark Hunt?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/6/2017.