Despite being labeled a 'bald headed prick,' Dana White insists he doesn't hate Mark Hunt

Apparently, being called a bald-headed prick isn’t enough to ruffle UFC President Dana White’s feathers.

After a scathing, expletive-filled Mark Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) rant was directed in his direction, White insists he doesn’t hate “The Super Samoan,” as the veteran heavyweight suggested.

“He made a statement that I’ve hated him forever,” White told TMZSports. “I don’t hate Mark Hunt at all. I’ve never hated Mark Hunt. He knows that. I was actually really good to Mark Hunt.”

Hunt’s frustration stems from being pulled from a planned appearance at November’s UFC Fight Night 121 event in Australia. 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.

“Sometimes, you’ve got to protect these guys from themselves, and that’s what we’re looking into right now,” White said.

Hunt was ultimately replaced by Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1 MMA, 10-4 UFC), who now faces Marcin Tybura¬†(16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in the night’s headlining contest.

Never one to bite his tongue, Hunt lashed out at White and the UFC via social media. The UFC boss laughed off the attacks and insisted his decision wasn’t a personal matter.

He also laughed off any thoughts of a potential apology from Hunt, who already has one lawsuit in place against the UFC and threatened another.

“I don’t expect an apology at all,” White said.

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Publication Date: October 12, 2017, 9:30 pm

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