The MMA Fighters Association, an organization which has struggled in securing the public support of active UFC stars may have just found their most high profile spokesman thanks to an unusual source; performance enhancing drugs.
In the wake of a $4 Billion sale, many fighters have been questioning their perceived value. Movement for organization has been growing but, hampered by fear of promoter backfire, progress has been slow.
Now, thanks to hits to the head by an alleged PED using opponent, the MMAFA may have found the star spokesman they have been looking for.
Mark Hunt, who took a terrific bludgeoing at the hands of an opponent who the UFC allowed to have a Testosterone Replacemet Therapy Therapeutic Use Exemption in 2013 (ie a permission slip for steroids) has been none too pleased at the news that his opponent at UFC 200 has reportedly failed two separate tests for banned substances. His displeasure amplified by the fact that the UFC waived the 4 month drug testing period for the returning Lesnar.
Hunt has now publicly called for a Fighters Association with the following comments published at MarkHunt.tv
The way I see it, the Brock Lesnar doping thing is just another reason why we need a fighter’s association. These guys are just making up the rules as they go.
First the Reebok thing, then Brock’s 4 month testing exemption. Conor gets pulled off a card for not going to a press conference that me or Brock didn’t go to anyway. Work that out. There’s probably a heap of others.
You just have to look at how Ariel gets his media pass taken away cause he broke a story about Brock, then he gets it back when other media stood up for him and called out the UFC. These guys are just making sh*t it up as they go.
Yet fighters refuse to support other fighters when they f*ck us over.
They say they are cleaning up the sport, yet I’ve risked my health two times against guys cheating since this USADA thing started. I was told Brock was gonna be tested when I took the fight, he comes in looking fricken juicy as hell and then I find out he’s popped after the PPV has already been sold.
It’s ridiculous. The fact that they haven’t even bothered to make contact with me since all of this happened just proves they don’t care.
I don’t even know how he made 265lbs that guy, he looked about 500kgs. I mean shucks, look at the pictures and tell me this guy passed the smell test that Jeff guy talks about. I mean even the other passport stuff, which is supposed to be important for testing, they woulda had none of that from Brock because of the exemption.
If you ask me the whole point of the four month testing period should be to make sure someone doesn’t pop back in, juiced to the gills, and beat the crap out of the guys who are clean and have been clean and tested this whole time.
I’m pretty sure all of this stuff is just there to look good for the sale if you ask me.
Once they decided they were gunna cut Conor out, they didn’t care, they just needed a name to make 200 big. Exemptions for Brock but not for Conor, I don’t know how you can just do that.
These guys have lined there pockets with our blood if you ask me. I mean they deserve to get paid no doubt, they took the UFC from nothing into what it is today, but come on, most of the guys fighting, get paid nothing and have no benefits.
If you ask me there needs to be a system where they at least run things past the fighters before making these decisions and the fighters can look out for each other. We need an association where we can have our voices heard. We are massive reason why fans watch the sport and we risk our health to do it.
I’m not worried about the UFC, Shucks, I’ve been fighting my whole life. Fighting to survive in my home, to the ring and now cage. These guys didn’t even want me in the UFC but here I am. I’m not scared of them.
I’m not sure what its like in the states, but in Australia workers stick together to make sure their voice is heard. Lots of guys have talked about this, but someone needs to make this happen and I’m happy for it to be me.
I mean shucks I’m not an expert on all this, but me and my team have been talking to the experts about how to make this a reality
To the fighters listening to this I want them to get in touch with me via my Facebook page and we can get thing going. I won’t name anyone until we sort it all out, but get in touch and lets make this happen.