An ex-UFC star has sensationally hit out at the level of pay within the organisation, insisting the best fighters around compete to be ‘world champion of nothing'.
Former heavyweight fighter Mark Hunt is currently embroiled in an ongoing legal battle with the UFC regarding the organisation's pay structure.
'The Super Samoan' admitted he doesn’t enjoy watching the MMA product due to the stakes not reflecting the work the fighters put in and the risks they take when stepping inside the octagon.
"I support all the guys that I’ve helped train with and that helped me train to get where I was, I’ve tried my best to help all of those guys," Hunt said during an appearance on The MMA Hour.
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"But I don’t like watching UFC or fighting in general, because I know what it’s like at the top. I know what they’re fighting for, which is nothing. They’re fighting for nothing. I’m the world champion of what? Explain to me what you’re the world champion of.
"If you’re the world champion of boxing, there’s reality. You have made it to the top, you don’t have to worry about money, don’t worry about nothing. There’s the goal to reach. Mount Everest.
"But in the UFC, you make it to the top, what do you get? Look at the champions. Don’t look at what I’m saying, look at the champions in the sport, what have they got? They’re sitting there complaining about money. You’re the world champion of nothing.”
Hunt’s grievances with the UFC began when he sued the company in 2017 following a loss to Brock Lesnar at UFC 200 back in July 2016.
However, now WWE champion Lesnar later failed two drug tests that led to their bout being changed to a no-contest.
Hunt then threw the book at UFC and filed a RICO lawsuit against them as well as Zuffa and LLC, for alleging conspiracy to commit a crime related to racketeering, fraud, false pretenses, breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, negligence, and unjust enrichment, all of which were dismissed in February 2019 in Nevada court.
Their fight is not over however, as Hunt issued a successful appeal and will take the lawsuits claims of fraud, battery and civil conspiracy back to court.
The 47-year-old is hellbent on pursuing his lawsuit not just for himself, but in hope salaries will be improved for the present and future competitors.
"It’s a fight for proper pay, what the top-end boxer gets," he said. "Like Joseph Parker, Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, all these top-end boxers, Canelo, when they make it to the top they split half of the revenue automatically.
"Whereas a UFC fighter has to say, ‘Can I get a dollar off the pay-per-view? Can I get 50 cents?’ … This stuff really annoys me, because it’s taken my fighting career and I felt that as I was competing in there.
"I felt when I was competing in the UFC I just lost all love and interest because what is the purpose of this?"
He also lambasted Dana White and accused him of 'stealing' from the sport.
"That idiot Dana talking about, ‘We built this company.’ Yeah, you built the UFC. The sport, you’ve stolen from. You’ve stolen from the sport, from all the fighters. That’s the difference,” he said.
"There would have been another company that brought MMA up to where it is, because it is the ultimate in fighting combat.
"The problem is they’ve built the UFC up, but they’ve stolen from the sport."
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