“I don’t think that’s fair. I think it’s load of bulls***, I think it’s rubbish. 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. 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. How are you going to clean the sport up doing that s***? It won’t happen. I don’t think it’s fair. I’ve already voiced my opinion to [UFC boss] Dana [White] about it but apparently he [Lesnar] has been getting tested but he’s probably been off a couple of cycles anyway… I think everyone should be tested equally and fairly. Make it an even playing field otherwise you might as well get everyone juiced up and have the juicing UFC competition and the non-juicing [competition]… I’m always going to fight anyway, it doesn’t matter. I love competition but I just don’t think it’s fair. I mean, I don’t think it’s an even playing field. But it doesn’t mean you’re not going to get knocked out. Frank Mir was juicing and he got knocked out. The same thing’s going to happen with Brock Lesnar. Shucks. I don’t give a rats [ass] what you take. I’ll knock your face off, that’s what I’ll do. I’ll teach you for taking that s*** anyway.”
-Mark Hunt levies some significant accusations against UFC 200 opponent Brock Lesnar in an interview with Fox Sports Australia, reacting to Lesnar being exempted from four months of testing from USADA before his return.
Penick’s Analysis: This seems like an overreaction and misunderstanding about the situation with USADA. The UFC had the option to waive the four month provision for a fighter returning from retirement, and they did so for Lesnar in part because they just got the deal done and because the USADA situation wasn’t in play when he retired. He’s still subject to random testing over the next month into UFC 200, and he’s been subject to random testing under the WWE’s wellness policy since he returned to wrestling. He’s never failed a drug test, and though this isn’t the first time he’s had accusations thrown his way it’s also probably not something he’s going to appreciate. Regardless, the fight’s happening until or unless he winds up failing a test.
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