Mark Hunt off UFC Sydney; replaced by Fabricio Werdum


Mark Hunt has been pulled from his slated UFC Fight Night 121 headliner with Marcin Tybura and the circumstances surrounding his removal are explosive and provocative.

In a statement, the organisation said Hunt has been pulled due to medical concerns.

To add insult to injury, Hunt has been replaced by Brazilian former heavyweight world champion, Fabricio Wedrum.

'My memory is not that good anymore'.

Speaking on Sirius XM radio, Tate, who retired on the back of two losses previous year, says Hunt should think about doing the same.

It's another chapter in a tumultuous 12 months for the "Super Samoan", who's now embroiled in a lawsuit with his employers regarding his bout with Brock Lesnar in July 2016. Despite that, he's been a longtime critic of the UFC's business and an advocate for increased fighter pay.

Hunt continued to his 320,000 instagram followers: "The interview has been taken out of context and want to reassure all my fans, I slur my words only when I have a drink".

Hunt (13-11-1 (1)) last fought in June, defeating Derrick Lewis at UFC Fight Night 110 by TKO in the fourth round. I'll forget something I did yesterday but I can remember the s-t I did years and years ago.

Hunt filed a civil lawsuit against the UFC in January after Lesnar failed two doping tests following their bout previous year.

Hunt is accusing the UFC of allowing Lesnar to compete despite his allegation that they were aware the former heavyweight champion was using performance-enhancing drugs. "Following a recent first-person article published by heavyweight Mark Hunt, the UFC has taken the precautionary steps of removing Hunt from a previously announced bout in Sydney, Australia", said the UFC rep. "I would be like "I'm tough, I'm fine, I'm good, I got this, I know what I'm talking about, I've been doing this sport long enough, trust me" but it's just so evident in this case that it's like c'mon man, what else do you have left to prove?"

The article the statement is referring to appeared in The Players Voice recently, and in the article, Hunt claimed he's "starting to stutter and slur my words".

Hunt has three fights remaining on his current contract and an official told Australia's Daily Telegraph he would have to undergo further testing and evaluations prior to competing in any future UFC bout.