Hunt: UFC took ‘love for fighting’
Hunt could make one last push for a title.
Samoan’ could not help but feel his public battle with the
UFC over doping was held against him. And once he figured a title shot was never going to eventuate, he struggled to stay focused.
‘‘I still want to be the world champion in MMA. I know I’m 44 but still it’s one of my dreams,’’ Hunt said.
‘‘It’s been put off for a little because of this stupid company. The moment I realised I was never gonna get a title shot, that’s the the time I started losing.
‘‘Since the Derrick Lewis fight, every fight after that has been not good at all. I actually went to see a sport [psychologist] about it and he hit it on the head straightaway when I talked to him: it’s hard to work for a company that’s cheated you and a lot of other fighters.’’
Hunt has been an outspoken critic of the UFC’S attitude towards doping to the point where it overshadowed the last few years of his career.
Hunt reiterated that he still wants to fight five more times and says he is fielding offers from several promotions.
‘‘I want to see if it’s time to retire or if working for the UFC just made me go sour,’’ he said. ‘‘At the end of the day, it’s eitheror. I still feel like I’m a lot better than a lot of those guys.’’ Cameron Smith will lead Melbourne into the NRL season – and put himself on track to become the first player to reach 400 games – after the club announced his long-awaited re-signing on a twoyear extension and end months of uncertainty surrounding the exaustralian captain’s future.
It is believed Smith, 35, wanted a two-year deal but the club preferred a one-year contract, contributing to the delay. He has also travelled extensively during the break, spending time overseas and in far north Queensland.
‘‘I’m very happy to be continuing my career with the club that gave me an opportunity to play first grade rugby league,’’ Smith said. ‘‘With Bill Slater and Ryan Hoffman retiring last season, I want to give Craig [Bellamy] and