UFC Heavyweight Mark Hunt tells Ariel Helwani that while he has had some frustrations with the organization, when he spoke to UFC president Dana White, the problems were quickly remedied.
UFC Heavyweight Mark Hunt was Ariel Helwani's guest on the MMA Hour today and he explained some of the behind the scenes issues that nearly prevented him from getting a shot at former champ Junior dos Santos at UFC 160. "I just wasn't happy with some of the things that were getting done here. As an employee of a company, I shouldn't be treated the way I was being treated. I didn't think it was fair.
"Dana listened to what I had to say, which was pretty cool," Hunt continued. "I voiced my opinions about different things that I wasn't happy about, and now I'm [happy]. He said, ‘You know, I can't fix the problem if I don't what the problem is.' He's being pushed so many places because he's got a big company. But I said, you know, being the boss of the company should know what goes on. I was happy he listened and then he fixed the problem. It was good. He's a good person. He listened to what I had to say and sorted it out, so it was fine."
Hunt also addressed White's public statements that he had turned down the fight.
"I'm not a liar," Hunt explained. "I'm a pretty straight up person. And I'd told the truth. What my thing is, I tell most of the time the truth, and sometimes it's good for me, sometimes it's bad. But, it's true. I don't turn down fights unless I'm injured. Never have. So it's a part of my makeup. Like I said, opportunities don't come that often, so you've got to take them when they come. I wasn't taking a dig at anyone. It was just the way I was voicing my opinion. That's the good thing about Twitter."
Before ending the segment, Hunt told Helwani how excited he is about the fight, "Opportunities very rarely come, and as a fighter, fighting has come a second time around for me. I won the world title already as a K-1 fighter. I lost interest in fighting and then mixed martial arts came. And this is just another opportunity for me to prove, to be a part of the best fighters in the league. Junior was the world champion before he lost to Cain (Velasquez), and the opportunity is here. I'm so amped about it. I'm so pumped."