"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", the statement read. "The interview I did with Player's Voice was misquoted. I've still got my senses about me and I know what's right and wrong, which is the main thing", Hunt wrote in a piece for the Players Voice. "That's just the price I've paid".
Today's fight cancellation came as a shock to Australian fans - and Hunt. "Not good UFC, Dana White". Upon finding out about his removal from the November 19 card, Hunt posted quite the strong response on his Instagram account, which can be found here (NSFW Language). "I don't hate Mark Hunt at all". I'll forget something I did yesterday, but I can remember the s**t I did years and years ago.
"The Super Samoan" obviously feeling insulted by the fact that yet another one of his opponents was popped for steroids filed a lawsuit against the UFC and has been embroiled in legal battle with them ever since.
A fired up Hunt then went on to insist his comments on his health concerns were taken out of context.
The UFC did not specify what Hunt's "medical concerns" were. He's got 26 career MMA fights, including 15 with UFC after joining the promotion in 2010.
Lesnar tested positive for a banned substance in samples taken two weeks before the bout and on the night of the fight itself. In a report by Australia's Daily Telegraph, an unnamed UFC official explained the native New Zealander's removal.
However, UFC officials have opted to withdraw him from the event in the interests of fighter safety after the publication of an article which details his struggles with fight-related health issues. "The organisation will require that Hunt undergo further testing and evaluations prior to competing in any future UFC bout".
The Brazilian was originally approached to fight Hunt at UFC 121, but much to the Sydneysider's dismay he turned the fight down.
Hunt has been calling for a rematch with Werdum for months, eager to avenge the loss he suffered in Mexico City in 2014.