On Sunday it was revealed that Zuffa has filed for a summary judgment in an ongoing court case leveled against them by former UFC heavyweight, Mark Hunt.
The request, which Hunt has until the second of February to mount a response to, would essentially see the years-long case thrown out of court before a jury-trial should it be granted.
“Defendants Zuffa, LLC d/b/a Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Dana White move for summary judgment on the few remaining claims Plaintiff Mark Hunt has left against them a narrow fraud-based theory that Hunt would have withdrawn from UFC 200 had he known Defendant Brock Lesnar was “doping” before the event, an aiding and abetting claim related to Lesnar’s alleged “battery” against Hunt at UFC 200, and a derivative civil conspiracy claim. The undisputed record establishes a complete failure of proof concerning multiple essential elements required to establish Hunt’s claims,” the request reads.
Hunt’s case stems from his UFC 200 bout opposite Brock Lesnar, and regards Lesnar’s use of PEDs in said bout, as well as the lack of, or perhaps hindrance to official testing on the UFC’s behalf. The majority of Hunt’s claims were dismissed in 2019 (via, you guessed it, a summary judgment), though in 2021 two of those dismissals were reversed on appeal from Hunt: fraud and battery. In turn, Hunt’s civil conspiracy claim was also reversed, as it predicated on the fraud and battery claims.
The AllStar MMA roundup
- The AllStar MMA Live: UFC 283 Reaction, Recap with Dan Hooker
The best of the rest
- UFC secures rights to ADCC, 2024 World Championship – BloodyElbow.com
- Johnny Walker wants to be two-division UFC champion: ‘That’s my dream’ – MMAJunkie.com
- UFC 283 winner Gilbert Burns reveals recent encounter with out-of-character Colby Covington: ‘It was even getting weird’ – MMAJunkie.com
- Glover Teixeira avoids major injuries in UFC 283 war with Jamahal Hill – MMAFighting.com
- Brandon Moreno details backstage altercation with Alexandre Pantoja after UFC 283 win – MMAFighting.com
Fact of the day:
Jan wants his W back:
Charles Oliveira gearing up:
Giga wants Max:
Moreno gets love after his win:
Gilbert and Belal avoiding each other:
T-Wrecks holds no ill will:
Johnny Walker at 235 pounds the night of his 205 pound fight:
And shares a cold one with Paul Craig:
Rakic aims for a mid-year comeback:
Tyson Fury still has eyes for Ngannou:
The morning view
Catch JHK and Dan Hooker reacting to UFC 283 on The AllStar Live:
Jack Jenkins breaks down his UFC 284 debut:
The Weasle details Brandon Moreno’s quadrilogy win:
MMA On Point asks ‘Was UFC 283 the worst crowd ever?’:
- Sam Patterson to face Yanal Ashmoz at UFC 286 on March 18th (per Marcel Dorff)
- Batgerel Danaa to fight Brady Hiestand at UFC event on April 15th (per Iridium Sports)
- Lando Vannata to fight Daniel Zellhuber at UFC event on April 15th (per Club De Las MMA)
UFC Roster Watch
Fighters removed this week:
- None to note
Fighters Added this week:
- None to note
Credit to UFC Roster Watch
On this day in MMA…
On the 23rd of January, 2008, Corey Hill made his official UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Hill, the Ultimate Fighter season five fan favorite and runner-up, faced Joe Veras in his first bout under the promotion, making short work of his lightweight opponent (who went on to retire following this loss), knocking him out just 37 seconds into the opening round.
“The Real Deal” would go on to have a short run in the UFC, ultimately becoming the first fighter in the promotion to suffer a snapped shin (think Anderson Silva) during a fight later in 2008. He was taken care of, though later released by the UFC following that debilitating injury.
After making a recovery, in 2010 Hill returned to the regional MMA circuit alternating wins and losses for a few years before amassing a five-fight losing streak stretching from 2012 until early 2015. Just months after suffering his most recent loss to Jose Caceres (brother of UFC veteran Alex Caceres, and the first person to defeat Kamaru Usman), Hill was diagnosed with a case of pneumonia. The respiratory illness would take his life on the 15th of May, 2015 at age 36, succumbing to a collapsed lung and heart attack.
Rest easy, Corey.
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