Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Fabricio Werdum steps in for Mark Hunt at UFC Sydney

"Following a recent first-person article published by UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt, UFC has taken the precautionary steps of removing Hunt from a previously announced bout in Sydney, Australia", a statement first issued to read.

UFC officials reviewed the article and decided that, in the interests of fighter safety, Sydneysider Hunt must be withdrawn from the fight for further testing.

"My body is f-ked but my mind is still here".

In a recent piece for Players Voice, Hunt spoke of some of the health problems he has seemingly suffered during a combat sports career which began almost 20 years ago.

'Sometimes I don't sleep well.

"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 I'm fit and healthy, and would have understood if the UFC requested a medical to ensure my safety, however this is total bull**it f**k you Dana, you've always hated me you dog".

'[I] forget something I did yesterday but I can remember the sh*t I did years and years ago, ' he wrote. "But I've fought a lot of drug cheats and copped a lot of punishment from guys who were cheating and that's not right".

Hunt explained on Instagram after being pulled from the fight that he had passed all medical tests leading up to his fight in November and that the article misquoted him regarding the damage done from his long fighting career.

"I will probably end my life fighting", Hunt wrote this past September.

The UFC is citing medical concerns over comments made in the Player Voice article, according to The Daily Telegraph. I don't slur my words and [it] is a running joke between my wife and me my memory isn't that great. "Not good UFC, Dana White".

Hunt (who is still actively engaged in ia lawsuit against the UFC in which he accuses them of fraud, racketeering and battery due to his belief that they allowed Brock Lesnar to fight him at UFC 200 despite knowing his was on Performance Enhancing Drugs) has lashed out in foul-mouthed fashion at Dana White over the decision to remove him from UFC Fight Night 121.

Hunt filed a civil lawsuit against the UFC in January after Lesnar failed two doping tests following their bout a year ago. He has fought twice since launching the suit, against Alistair Overeem - who also has a history with doping - in March, and Derrick Lewis in Auckland in June.

Werdum is 3-2 in his last five fights, ending a two-fight losing skid with his submission victory over Harris this past weekend.

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