It's the rant that's got the world talking. But what does it all mean? Here's some background.
Mark Hunt is an Australian fighter of Samoan origin. He fights in the UFC. He's 42 but still pretty good. The other day, in UFC 200, he was beaten by Brock Lesnar, who subsequently returned two positive drug tests. Now Hunt is mad. Really mad.
In fact he's so mad that he said the following (and plenty more) in an interview with award-winning MMA broadcaster Ariel Helwani.
"You scummy c***s. The problem is everyone these days, 'Man, I want to get into the UFC'. F**k the UFC. You're s**t. You motherf**kers don't look after nobody.
By which we think he was alluding to his sport's governing body's monopoly in organised mixed martial arts competitions, and its sadly lackadaisical standards on drug enforcement.
He also said this:
"You just go, 'here, let's throw this motherf**ker, this stupid f**king Samoan under the bus and let him get embarrassed in front of the whole world', and then we'll let this f**king white piece of s**t f**king stick needles in his ass and say, 'Oh, we'll let him cheat all the way to the f**king bank'. Let's give him f**king millions of dollars and not worry about this motherf**ker. You know what? F**k that and f*** your s**t company. Look at that for a contract. You can sue me on that, motherf**kers.
By which we think he meant the UFC has certain athletes who are more favoured than others, and to whose faults it willingly turns a blind eye. And that he's not one of them.
Then he said this:
"People are scared for years because the company is going to get them. Well, f**k the company. They don't give a s**t about you or anyone else. If I walk away now, I don't care. I walk away knowing that I haven't cheated to get in this sport... At least I knew that I went to the top and all you find at the top are dirty, f**king, scummy cheaters, and a company that's going to help them do it.
By which we think he meant there are plenty more bad apples than Brock Lesnar.
If we've got to sue their asses, well then f**k you, you're going to get sued. You scummy c**ts. The problem is everyone these days, 'Man, I want to get into the UFC.' F**k the UFC. You're s**t. You motherf**kers don't look after nobody.
By which we think he meant he's going to take legal action, even though aspirational young fighters still consider the UFC an attractive place to ply their trade.
He also said:
"What upsets me about that is, I'm just thinking maybe they knew. Did they know about this? Is that why they're not doing anything about it? Did they give this f**king fool an exemption for four months because they knew about this?
"Because surely if they knew about this, they don't give a rat's about any of us. 'Hey man, we'll let this juiced up freaking monkey go in here and then go and fight with this guy.'
By which he again appears to be referring to the UFC's less-than-stringent drug enforcement and testing procedures.
"If you've got a big needle in your ass then you must be really scared of losing. I think this is a time that a union needs to be formed. All of these fighters need to get together, because we're sending the wrong message. The message we're sending out to all of these people who are watching this sport, aw man, you can get away with f**king anything. To make it in the UFC, you stick a needle in your ass, end up getting millions of dollars if you make it to the top.
By which he appears to be urging a new generation of clean fighters to come forth and take a stand.
And finally (or rather firstly), at the top of the fiery interview, when asked how he was feeling while this controversy rages, Hunt said:
"I could be dead tomorrow or even in a f**king minute, i'm not worried about s**t."
By which we think he meant 'fine'.Suggest a correction