Mark Hunt files lawsuit against UFC, White and Lesnar

January 10, 2017

UFC Heavyweight Mark Hunt has filed a lawsuit against the UFC, Dana White and Brock Lesnar in the District Court of Nevada on Tuesday.  The lawsuit stems from Hunt’s fight against Lesnar at UFC 200.

Hunt is claiming violations of the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act, Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering, Fraud, False Pretenses, Breach of Contract, Breach of Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Duty, Negligence and Unjust Enrichment.

The premise of the complaint is that the UFC allowed Lesnar to fight at UFC 200 while providing the WWE wrestler with an exemption from the UFC’s anti-doping policy.

Lesnar tested positive for a banned substance in both an out-of-competition and in-competition drug test.

Lesnar defeated Hunt via unanimous decision at UFC 200 this past July.

The Complaint makes reference to UFC 152 when Vitor Belfort was allowed to fight with a testosterone use exemption but without disclosing the information to the public or his opponent Jon Jones.

In the lawsuit is embedded a photo of Lesnar pummeling Hunt.

Of the notable items in the Complaint, Hunt claims RICO violations against the UFC which carry treble (3 times) damages.

He also claims personal injuries which include damage to reputation, loss of opportunity of career advancement and further earning potential.

Payout Perspective:

Hunt has intimated that he may take legal action and he did.  The timing comes after Lesnar was recently handed 1 year suspensions from USADA and the Nevada State Athletic Commission which meant that he could come back in July 2017.

RICO is a very specific statute that requires that a person must commit at least two acts of racketeering activity from a set of crimes within a specific time frame and are related to an enterprise.  This will be interesting for Hunt to prove and would make discovery as interesting as the current antitrust lawsuit filed by former fighters.

Hunt is scheduled to fight in March 2017 which makes this lawsuit all the more interesting.

MMA Payout will keep you posted.

13 Responses to “Mark Hunt files lawsuit against UFC, White and Lesnar”

  1. edi on January 10th, 2017 9:26 PM

    Jason can you tell us in layman terms why the suit names- Lesnar,White & Zuffa? All 3?

  2. dave lebold on January 10th, 2017 10:33 PM

    Things that are indisputable:
    Antonio Silva was given a TUE by the UFC for testosterone
    Silva was injected with testosterone by the UFC’s doctor, the Brazilian guy
    Silva failed drug test for too much testosterone after fighting Hunt

    Frank Mir was given a TUE for testosterone by the UFC
    Frank Mir was given a TUE for Adderall by the UFC/USADA that was subsequently denied by the Nevada commission.
    Frank Mir failed drug test for steroids after fighting Hunt

    Brock Lesnar was given an exemption from testing by the UFC pre UFC 200
    Lesnar was tested before UFC 200 (test failed for PED’s)
    Test pre 200 could have been analized in time for results to be known before he fought
    Brock Lesnar failed 2nd drug test for PED’s after fighting Hunt

  3. TOPS E on January 10th, 2017 10:38 PM

    Hahahaha…more problems

  4. Jason Cruz on January 10th, 2017 11:35 PM

    @Edi
    All 3 involved due to theory set forth by Hunt that the UFC and White allowed Lesnar to fight in the UFC without going through drug testing. Lesnar a party since he was the person that was allowed to fight and used PEDs when he fought Hunt. The UFC is a party due to the drug testing policy. Also, the claim is that UFC has pattern of lax drug testing and enforcement (the lawsuit includes examples re Mir, Belfort at 152). White is named because he is an agent of the UFC that is part of the alleged “enterprise” which seemingly combats doping in supports but actually facilitates it.

  5. d on January 11th, 2017 9:28 AM

    The suit should be against USADA/NAC. They are the ones who give out exemptions and facilitated the drug testing.

  6. dave lebold on January 11th, 2017 12:40 PM

    response to “d”
    USADA only gave Brock the exemption from testing because the UFC demanded it and It is part of the UFC and USADA’s agreement.

  7. Fight Fan on January 11th, 2017 4:16 PM

    D the ufc let him fight, end of story. Nice corrupt league that will do anything for a cheap buck.

  8. Jason Cruz on January 12th, 2017 10:33 AM

    Actually, USADA and NAC should have been included in the lawsuit.

  9. d on January 12th, 2017 8:55 PM

    Dave, that’s not how it works technically. The UFC gave USADA free reign. The UFC can not dictate to them at all according to the agreement. Same goes with the NAC- they tell the UFC how their testing is done, and the UFC has to accept it. Now, if you are saying behind close doors they forced USADA/NAC to accept it, that’s possible, but he’d have to prove that.

  10. d on January 12th, 2017 8:56 PM

    FF, I know you aren’t too bright, but if the UFC doesn’t control the testing, and they rely on USADA and NAC to regulate ped testing, it really isn’t their responsibility.

  11. Fight Fan on January 13th, 2017 3:40 AM

    They let him fight without the sams requirements, corruption for a cheap buck.

  12. d on January 13th, 2017 9:02 AM

    Can you read?

  13. Dennis on January 26th, 2017 11:36 AM

    Eminem has a new song… would a clean fighter please stand up please stand up.

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