UFC Replaces Mark Hunt With Fabricio Werdum For Sydney Card, After Citing Health Concerns
By FCF Staff
Mark Hunt will no longer fight Marcin Tybura at UFC Fight Night 121 on November 19th, as the promotion has announced it’s moved the heavyweight out of the headliner, by citing health concerns.
The UFC recently released the following statement to Australia’s Daily Telegraph:
“The health-related statements made by Hunt in the article represent the first time UFC was made aware of these claims. “Athlete health and safety is of the utmost importance to the organisation and it would never knowingly schedule an athlete complaining of health issues for a fight. The organisation will require that Hunt undergo further testing and evaluations prior to competing in any future UFC bout.”
The article the statement references was for “The Player’s Voice”, in which Hunt wrote that he’s “starting to stutter and slur my words”, and that he’s having memory issues.
The 43 year-old Hunt stopped Derrick Lewis in his last outing, which took place this past June. Earlier this year Hunt launched a civil suit against the UFC and Brock Lesnar, in response to the latter’s USADA flag tied to their bout last summer.