After a heated exchange of words on Twitter, Gordon Ryan and Mark Hunt seem to be heading towards a possible showdown to resolve their recent online feud.
The crux of their disagreement revolves around the UFC’s recent decision to part ways with the USADA.
Many believe this move stemmed from USADA’s unwavering commitment to uphold strictregulations, refusing to make exceptions even for high-profile stars like Conor McGregor.
McGregor had hopes of making a comeback in late 2023 but missed the crucial deadline for the mandatory six-month period in the USADA testing pool, which is required for men to be eligible to compete.
White and the UFC terminated their partnership with USADA, opting for a relatively unknown testing agency. This move has raised eyebrows across the MMA community, with many questioning the transparency of the decision.
This is where Gordon Ryan and Mark Hunt’s fiery exchange of words ignited. They stand on opposing sides of the spectrum concerning the use of PEDs and the UFC’s imminent departure from USADA, scheduled to take effect in January 2024.
Gordon Ryan had this to say about the situation: “If the UFC ‘regresses’ back to the old days, this is amazing news. The reason people watch professional sports is almost exclusively for entertainment value. Few people who watch pro sports have any real desire to excel at those same sports. So really, they are just watching for the most entertainment. The higher the testosterone, the more physical the athletes are, the less prone to injury they are, the faster they recover, the longer they can compete, and the more entertaining and high-paced they are. The better they look, the more attention they draw, the more money they make.”
Mark Hunt reacted to these remarks on his Instagram, though the post has since been deleted. Hunt retorted, “What does this idiot know about fighting? Gordon Ryan, maybe have at least one proper (fight) before you talk, d—khead. Maybe I should get on the sauce and stomp your face to see how you like it.”
Ryan responded, “If you read the post, you’d either see the validity in the arguments or offer up a decent rebuttal that was factually based. You did nothing but blabber out of your fat, miserable mouth. We can fight any time you’d like. You may very well knock me out before I get a hold of your legs, but then again, you also may not. And I’m very willing to take my chances. Miserable f—k.”
In a later Instagram story, Gordon Ryan emphasized his unwavering confidence, stating, “Fear no one – ever. I’d bet heavily on me (by the way).”