Mark Hunt to sue UFC and Brock Lesnar over denied compensation claim

Hunt fought Lesnar at UFC 200, before Lesnar was found to have failed a drugs test

Mark Hunt to sue UFC and Brock Lesnar over denied compensation claim

Brock Lesnar, left, takes down Mark Hunt at UFC 200. (AP Photo/John Locher)

UFC heavyweight fighter Mark Hunt has taken the unprecedented step of suing the UFC and former opponent Brock Lesnar for $2.5million.

Hunt lost to Lesnar at UFC 200 by unanimous decision. A week after the fight it was revealed that Lesnar has tested positive for a banned substance before the fight. It was eventually deemed a no-contest. 

'The Super Samoan' has filed the civil suit, looking to win the purse that Lesnar received for the fight, plus his pay-per-view earnings from the event. UFC 200 had over one million pay-per-view buys for the event.

"Cheaters deserve nothing!", the New Zealander told, who broke the news of Hunt's suit.

Lesnar has since been banned for a year by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, but he did not lose any of his earnings from the July fight.

Hunt's stance is fascinating due to the fact he is due to compete at UFC 209 against Alistair Overeem. The two men will square off on the undercard of the Tyron Woodley-Stephen Thompson welterweight title fight.

Since the fight with Lesnar, Hunt has refused to take two fights as discussions with UFC continued, before he accepted the Overeem fight, on the fear of breaching his contract.

Hunt personally reached out to his opponent looking to set a stipulation with Overeem, that if either fighter failed a drugs test, they would have to forfeit their fight purse to the opposition.

How the UFC deal with Hunt may be one of the more fascinating stories of 2017.