Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar will make his return to the octagon at UFC 200 this July, but challenger Mark Hunt isn’t happy with the special attention the current WWE star is receiving.
Fighters who come out of retirement and resume competitive fighting are subject to testing from the United States Anti-Doping Agency. This policy is to stop fighters from announcing their retirement, taking banned substances, coming out of retirement, and returning to the fight game with a clear advantage.
A passage from the official policy reads:
“An athlete who gives notice of retirement to UFC, or has otherwise ceased to have a contractual relationship with UFC, may not resume competing in UFC bouts until he/she has given UFC written notice of his/her intent to resume competing and has made him/herself available for testing for a period of four months before returning to competition.”
With Lesnar’s last fight inside the octagon way back in 2011, the heavyweight doesn’t fall under the new USADA policy and therefore is exempt from USADA testing for the upcoming bout.
On Wednesday the Ultimate Fighting Championship released a short statement (via Sherdog) on the matter, a snippet of which can be found below.
“Given Lesnar last competed in UFC on December 30, 2011, long before the UFC Anti-Doping Policy went into effect, for purposes of the Anti-Doping Policy, he is being treated similarly to a new athlete coming into the organization.”
The news hasn’t gone down well with his opponent Mark Hunt, who told UFC Fight Week on Fox Sports that Lesnar’s exemption from testing is a “load of bullshit”.
“I don’t think that’s fair. I think it’s a load of bullshit, I think it’s rubbish. I don’t think anyone should be exempt from testing. If they’re trying to clean the sport up [MMA] this is a bad way to do it. I don’t care who you are. It’s ridiculous.
“I don’t think it’s a great move. I think he’s juiced to the gills and I still think I’m going to knock him out. So I don’t think that’s correct. I don’t think he should be allowed to get a four-month exemption otherwise everyone else should. Otherwise, I should start juicing.”
While Hunt is fuming over USADA’s decision to give Lesnar a free pass, the New Zealander will look to teach the multiple WWE Champion a lesson when they step inside the cage.
“How are you going to clean the sport up doing that shit? It won’t happen. I don’t think it’s fair. I’ve already voiced my opinion to Dana (White) about it but apparently he (Brock) has been getting tested but he’s probably been off a couple of cycles anyway.
“Shucks. I don’t give a rats what you take. I’ll knock your face off, that’s what I’ll do. I’ll teach you for taking that shit anyway.”
Hunt and Lesnar are booked into the co-main event at UFC 200, which will take place on July 9th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The main event will feature a rematch between current light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and interim champion Jon Jones. Frankie Edgar, Jose Aldo, Miesha Tate, and Amanda Nunes will also feature on the main card.
James McDonald, Pundit Arena