Shortly after being assigned as Brock Lesnar’s (pictured) comeback fight at UFC 200, heavyweight Mark Hunt accused Lesnar of being “juiced to the gills.”
Hunt didn’t appreciate the fact Lesnar was granted an exemption from the UFC and USADA, the third-party company the UFC hired last July to conduct year-round drug tests on their entire roster, regarding a fighter’s four-month holding period after announcing his return to MMA.
The USADA policy does have fine print that states, the “UFC may grant an exemption to the four-month written notice rule in exceptional circumstances or where the strict application of that rule would be manifestly unfair to an Athlete.”
In an official statement, the UFC expressed they are treating Lesnar like a new athlete to the organization since their new drug testing policy wasn’t in play the last time Lesnar competed for the promotion in December 2011. “However, [the UFC] did notify Lesnar in the early stages of discussions that if he were to sign with the UFC, he would be subject to all of the anti-doping rules.”
It was just far too convenient for Hunt. And it appears Lesnar believes it’s too convenient for Hunt to accuse him of cheating when he’s never been busted for performance-enhancing drugs during his brief stint in MMA or lengthy WWE career.
“I’ve been dealing with that my entire life,” Lesnar stated during Thursday’s UFC 200 conference call of PED abuse. “I’m a white boy and I’m jacked. Deal with it. What do you want me to say? I’m a white boy and I’m jacked. Deal with it.”
Although Lesnar and the UFC were in negotiations for his return for months, he didn’t put pen to paper until June 3. He was enrolled in the USADA drug testing program three days later and has already been screen five times within a two-week span.
Lesnar and Hunt co-headline UFC 200 on July 9 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.