UFC 200's Mark Hunt: Brock Lesnar is 'juiced to the gills'Get the Full StoryMMA and K-1 veteran Mark Hunt sounds off on Brock Lesnar ahead of their heavyweight fight at UFC 200. On Monday, it was announced that Brock Lesnar, who will return to the UFC in July after a five-year layoff, will be subject to the United States Anti-Doping Agency's USADA drug testing protocol ahead of his fight with Mark Hunt at UFC 200.
However, due to Lesnar's 'exceptional circumstances', per UFC senior vice president of public relations Dave Sholler, the WWE mega star will not be required to submit four months notice to the organization - a requirement of all retired athletes making a return to the Octagon.
Lesnar will still be subject to in-and-out-of- competition drug testing, as UFC senior VP of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky explained to the former heavyweight champion in Saskatchewan this weekend, but Hunt believes - in his own words - 'it's a load of bulls--t'.
The former K-1 world champion and fan favorite called Lesnar a 'pretender' in a recent interview, and unloaded another verbal barrage at the 38-year-old in a feature with FOX Sports.
"I don't think that's fair. I think it's load of bulls , I think it's rubbish," Hunt said. "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."
The UFC completely revamped their drug testing policy when they partnered with the USADA last year, announcing that all athletes were subject to rigorous out of competition random drug tests. Since the partnership, several fighters have been caught using performance-enhancing drugs, including former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir - who fought Lesnar at the record-setting UFC 100 pay-per-view in 2009.
Hunt, however, believes the USADA need to be more strict with their policies in order to truly crack down on drug abuse within the sport.
"How are you going to clean the sport up doing that s ? It won't happen," Hunt said. "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 ."
Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt, which will feature as the co-main event for UFC 200, marks the company's debut at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 9. The PPV will feature a light heavyweight grudge match and title unification bout between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier in the main event.