Fight About a Fight: Brock Lesnar; UFC President File Motions to Dismiss Mark Hunt’s Lawsuit

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In January Heavyweight UFC fighter Mark Hunt filed a civil suit against UFC president Dana White, the UFC and Brock Lesnar. Lesnar failed multiple drug tests before their scheduled fight at UFC 200 — Lesnar failed a drug test that was administered by the UFC just hours before the fight. Lesnar tested positive for clomiphene, an anti-estrogen agent. Lesnar was suspended one year by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

Hunt is seeking damages of $2.5 million in his lawsuit — which was the exact amount of Brock Lesnar’s purse for their fight at UFC 200.

However, on Thursday, Brock Lesnar and his legal team filed a motion to dismiss Hunt’s lawsuit at the Nevada District Court. Lesnar’s legal team consisting of Attorneys, Peter S. Christansen, Kendelee Works and Howard Jacobs, criticized the legitimacy of Hunt’s lawsuit in their 30-page motion.

The motion states:
“Plaintiff’s RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) claim is so incredibly deficient as to Defendant Lesnar, that it is difficult to know where to even begin. As an initial matter, Plaintiff lacks standing to bring this claim, because he does not even allege the type of injury that is covered by the RICO statute. Furthermore, as to defendant Lesnar, the Complaint fails to plead long-term criminal activity, fails to plead a predicate act, fails to adequately plead intent, fails to adequately plead fraud, fails to adequately plead false pretenses, fails to adequately plead the requisite pattern of activity, and fails to adequately plead a conspiracy within the meaning of the RICO statute.”

UFC and Dana White also filed their own motion to dismiss Hunt’s lawsuit a few weeks ago. In Hunt’s lawsuit, he accuses the UFC of “criminal conspiracy” as well as profiting off “the detriment of the health and safety of all fighters and to the detriment of fair competition.” However, the legal team representing White and the UFC also criticize Hunt’s lawsuit in their motion stating:

“Las Vegas-based firm Campbell and Williams, which frequently litigates on behalf of the UFC, claims Hunt fails to establish a link “between the injury asserted and the purported injurious conduct” while attacking White with an “utter dearth of specific allegations,” according to a 26-page motion to dismiss filed today in in U.S. District Court Nevada,” Per MMA Junkie.

While all of this works itself out in court Hunt is still fighting for the UFC. On March 4, he faced Alistair Overeem at UFC 209 but Hunts claims he was “forced” to fight.

“They put me in a position, like well what am I supposed to do? They forced this fight on me, pretty much. I couldn’t go anywhere else. If I couldn’t work anywhere else and I’m still trying to get my fair deal in this thing, what am I supposed to do? If they’re going to let me go, let me go. At least I can go work somewhere else. I’ve gotta look after my family and my commitments as well. And they can’t just sit me at the back of the bus without having any work. You can’t do that,” Per MMA Hour.

According to Cornell University Law School a motion to dismiss is the “formal request for a court to dismiss a case.  Reasons for dismissal vary.  Examples include a settlement between the parties, voluntary withdrawal of the complaint, and procedural defects such as a lack of jurisdiction or a failure to state a claim.”

Although Brock Lesnar, Dana White and UFC feel like Mark Hunt’s lawsuit holds no grounds, the decision will be up to a judge. To say the least, Nevada courtrooms will definitely have their hands full with this case.

 

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