UFC confirms Mark Hunt cleared to make return

Mark Hunt

After being controversially pulled for last month’s UFC Fight Night 121 event, Sydney heavyweight Mark Hunt has been given the all clear by UFC officials to make his return.

“After a full medical analysis at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, UFC confirms that heavyweight athlete Mark Hunt has been cleared to compete,” read a statement received and published by MMAFighting.com.

Hunt was due to headline in front of his home-crowd last month against Marcin Tybura, however was removed from the card following an article on “Players Voice” where the 43-year-old spoke about slurring his words and memory loss symptoms.

Hunt furiously protested the removal and claimed that the article was taken out of context.

UFC officials wanted Hunt to travel to Las Vegas for extensive brain testing and after making the trip over, was deemed healthy to compete earlier this week.

This incident has just added to the complex relationship Hunt has with the promotion who is currently in the middle of a lawsuit against the UFC, Dana White and Brock Lesnar in regards to drug testing regulations ahead of his UFC 200 bout against Brock Lesnar.

There has been no confirmation as to when and who Hunt will face upon his return to the cage with many pundits predicting the promotions UFC 221 card in Perth, Western Australia on February 11 as the date.