UFC heavyweight contender Mark Hunt is fuming mad at UFC for playing favorites on WWE superstar Brock Lesnar, who was given an anti-doping exemption leading to their UFC 200 match this coming July 9.
The Super Samoan was furious that it was the UFC who granted the exemption for Lesnar to undergo a drug test under the supervision of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), despite suspicions of Lesnar using performance enhancing drug (PED). Hunt even lambasted the UFC for giving Lesnar a leeway on the matter that requires athletes who are coming off retirement to submit written notice for their comeback and make themselves available for testing for at least four months in advance.
However, the UFC has granted Lesnar an exemption to the four-month rule, which can be applied “in exceptional circumstances or where the strict application of that rule would be manifestly unfair to an athlete.”
“I don’t think that’s fair. I think it’s a load of bulls—t; I think it’s rubbish,” Hunt told Fox Sports Australia as reported by Sherdog. “I don’t think anyone should be exempt from testing. If they’re trying to clean the sport up — mixed martial arts — this is a bad way to do it. I don’t care who you are. It’s ridiculous.”
Hunt added that he is not confident that his opponent will be clean during the fight night and called on the UFC not to give special treatment to anyone. He added that the UFC is not correcting itself with is regulations and it should be corrected immediately. But Hunt is still confident that he could knock the living daylight out of Lesnar at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“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,” Hunt added.
Hunt also gave his opinion after Lesnar undergone a drug test last June 6, it does not guarantee that he is clean. Hunt stressed that everyone in the UFC should be tested fair and equal. Lesnar was arrested back in 2001 in Louisville, Kentucky for suspicion of possessing many anabolic steroids. The charges were dropped when it was discovered that the substances were a legal growth hormone.
Despite his plea, Hunt stated that he is still be fighting at UFC 200 and vows to come strongly from the opening round to make his statement that doping has no place in the UFC and inside the Octagon.
Hunt is coming off back-to-back victories over Frank Mir and Antonio Silva while Lesnar is coming off a long retirement. He has not been in an MMA fight since 2011, thus favoring Hunt of an easy victory. But Hunt is not complaisant on the matter since Lesnar has not undergone the mandatory drug test for professional athletes.
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