It would appear that the UFC’s return to Australia has experienced an unexpected change in the night’s main event. Pulling Mark Hunt from his headlining position, the UFC has offered an explanation for their unexpected change. To that end, “The Super Samoan” is not happy with the mixed martial arts promotion.
Taking to Twitter, the UFC revealed that Fabricio Werdum will now be taking on Marcin Tybura in the night’s main event.
#UFCSydney: WERDUM vs TYBURA
Pre-sale starts 2pm today pic.twitter.com/4L3Zp8xIWH
— UFC Aus/New Zealand (@UFC_AUSNZ) October 10, 2017
Werdum is riding a first round submission victory over Walt Harris at UFC 216, from just three days ago. Now it would appear that the former champion already has his next fight locked in for Sydney, Australia.
Of course, Mark Hunt was not pleased with the recent news. Taking to Instagram, Hunt offered some heated words for UFC President Dana White and threatened another lawsuit on the UFC.
Now it would appear that UFC officials have offered an explanation as to why Mark Hunt was pulled from the event. As reported by MMA Junkie, UFC officials have cited “Medical concerns” as the reason for the fight removal.
Multiple sources have elaborated on MMA Junkie’s report, exclusively to MMAImports that it was Mark Hunt’s recent interview with PlayersVoice.com where he said he has brain damage. In the interview, Hunt said:
“I will probably end my life fighting.
“I’ve been fighting since I was a child, fighting to get out of my circumstances. I used to make $300 a week, struggling to put food on the table but I have become one of the highest-paid fighters in the world. I feel that’s destiny. This is what I’m supposed to be doing and if I die fighting, that’s fine. I just hope that if it does happen, it will be in an honest and fair competition.
“My body is f**ked but my mind is still here. I’ve still got my senses about me and I know what’s right and wrong, which is the main thing.
“Sometimes I don’t sleep well. You can hear me starting to stutter and slur my words. My memory is not that good anymore. I’ll forget something I did yesterday but I can remember the shit I did years and years ago. That’s just the price I’ve paid – the price of being a fighter. 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.”