Coming out of retirement and with just a month for UFC 200, former UFC champion Brock Lesnar gets a drug test exemption from the UFC and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) despite suspicions of using performance enhancing drug (PED).
Lesnar’s opponent Mark Hunt openly criticized The Next Big Thing stemming from a 2001 incident wherein Lesnar was arrested by police in Louisville, Kentucky for suspicion of possessing large amounts of anabolic steroids. The charges were dropped when it was discovered that the substances were a legal growth hormone. His lawyer described it as a “vitamin type of thing”.
Hunt in its website, stated that the UFC should start testing Lesnar, who submitted himself last June 6 to his first drug test leading to his July 9 fight at UFC 200. But Hunt added that either way, he will still knock the Hell out of Lesnar and send him back weeping to the WWE.
“I already said they better be testing him, but in the end, it doesn’t even matter. It’s time for ‘punch face’, a game I have been playing for many years,” Hunt said.
For Lesnar’s part, it is unclear if his return inside the Octagon is a one-deal affair or will be on a permanent basis. But with the exemptions given to him, he will be undergoing random drug test until he decides to retire again. According to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, the UFC Anti-Doping Policy requires fighters who are coming out of retirement, such as former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, to notify the promotion in writing four months in advance of an intended return to competition, and to make themselves available for a random test for four months.
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Iole added that the UFC has issued a statement regarding the granting of an exemption to Lesnar adding that they were not able to notify him that if he agreed to their deal, he will have to undergo a series of an anti-doping test under the rules, set by the UFC.
“While conversations with the heavyweight have been ongoing for some time, Lesnar required permission from WWE to compete in UFC 200 and only agreed to terms and signed the bout agreement last Friday. He was, therefore, unable to officially start the Anti-Doping Policy process any earlier. UFC, however, 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. Lesnar and his management have now been formally educated by USADA on the policy, procedures and expectations,” the UFC statement reads.
The UFC-USADA policy stipulates that “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.”
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With the drug issue set aside now, Lesnar can now focus on reclaiming his lost glory inside the Octagon when he faces knockout specialist Mark Hunt as a co-main event at UFC 200 which will also feature the unification bout between light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier against interim light heavyweight and former champion Jon Jones on July 9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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