The 43-year-old Hunt was expected to compete in the night's main event, but after he published an article admitting to memory loss and slurred speech, UFC officials pointed to medical concerns and pulled him from the fight.
Since the contentious Players Voice piece was released, the cult heavyweight has seen two Australian brain specialists who, he insists, have declared him fit to fight.
"My body is f-ked but my mind is still here", Hunt wrote.
In a recent piece for Players Voice, Hunt spoke of some of the health problems he has seemingly suffered during a combat sports career which began almost 20 years ago.
"The interview has been taken out of context and want to reassure all my fans, I slur my words only when I have a drink".
'My memory is not that good anymore'. "I'll forget something I did yesterday but I can remember the s**t I did years and years ago".
However, the promotion announced on Tuesday that "The Super Samoan" has been removed from that booking due to "medical concerns" and he will be replaced by former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum.
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Lesnar was Hunt's third consecutive opponent who had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
White, in a Thursday comment to TMZ Sports, denied Hunt's accusations, claiming that he and the UFC were only acting in Hunt's best interests. I embarked on covering the sport in 2002 and since then have written thousands of articles for both print and online media, before branching out and starting Fight News Australia in 2010.
"Sometimes, you gotta protect these guys from themselves and that's what we're looking into right now", White said. "The health-related statements made by Hunt in the article represent the first time UFC was made aware of these claims", they continued. I never hated Mark Hunt.
Speaking on Sirius XM radio, Tate said: "I think Mark Hunt deserves to be a part of his children's lives. not "punchy" which is a road he's headed down if he continues to take this kind of punishment".
"I don't expect an apology at all, no".