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UFC clears Mark Hunt to fight after brain tests completed


The UFC has given Mark Hunt the green light to fight again.

Citing “medical concerns,” Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) in October was pulled from last month’s UFC Fight Night 121 headliner in Sydney, a decision that was made after Hunt admitted to memory loss and slurred speech in a piece he wrote for PlayersVoice.com.au titled “If I die fighting, that’s fine.”

Tonight the UFC said the 43-year-old Hunt is cleared to resume his career.

“After a full medical analysis at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, UFC confirms that heavyweight athlete Mark Hunt has been cleared to compete,” the UFC said in statement to MMAFighting.com.

Hunt, already with one lawsuit against the UFC, threatened another in the wake of the promotion’s decision to pull him from UFC-Sydney. He called UFC President Dana White a “bald-headed prick” in a scathing Instagram post.

White was baffled by Hunt’s reaction to the UFC’s decision, considering it was based on Hunt’s own words. In a letter published by dailytelegraph.com.au, White said Hunt’s claim that his words in his column were taken out of context didn’t have much merit.

“How can you take your own words out of context?” White wrote.

White, who admitted to being startled by Hunt’s column, said he offered to fly the “Super Samoan” to Las Vegas to undergo extensive brain testing. Even though Hunt initially “absolutely refused,” according to White, the testing did happen, and now Hunt can fight again.

Hunt’s last fight took place in May at UFC Fight Night 110, where he defeated Derrick Lewis via TKO in a slugfest “Fight of the Night.”

Hunt has an ongoing lawsuit with the UFC stemming from his UFC 200 bout with Brock Lesnar in July 2016. The promotion waved a drug-testing rule for its U.S. Anti-Doping Agency program that allowed the former UFC heavyweight champion to make a short-notice return to the octagon, then Lesnar subsequently failed multiple drug tests around the time of the fight.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.



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