As time has passed, Mark Hunt has grown more outraged over Brock Lesnar’s positive drug test.
News came out on Friday that Lesnar was told of a potential failed drug test prior to his win over Hunt at UFC 200. In response to the news, Hunt said he wanted half of Lesnar’s purse from the fight (Lesnar was paid $2.5 million). Later on Friday evening, Hunt changed his mind and decided that Lesnar did not deserve any of the money for cheating and that he wants all of it.
Hunt also sparred with trolls on social media who defended Lesnar. He even posted a photo on his Facebook page showing him flipping a middle finger.
Hunt is understandably angry, but his desired remuneration is unlikely to be met. Lesnar could end up fined, but that penalty money would not go to Hunt.
The UFC announced on Friday that Brock Lesnar has been informed of a potential anti-doping violation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
The possible positive test stems from an out-of-competition sample that was collected on June 28.
“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case,” the UFC said in a news release. “It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The Nevada State Athletic Commission also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed in close proximity to Lesnar’s bout at UFC 200 in Las Vegas.”
The results of the test were received on July 14, five days after Lesnar defeated Mark Hunt in his return to the Octagon.
Lesnar will now await the results of a B sample to see if the positive test is confirmed.
Looking back, UFC 200 was supposed to be the biggest event in the history of mixed martial arts and has ended up being a complete disaster. Jon Jones was scratched from the card after he also tested positive for a banned substance. Jones’ fight against Daniel Cormier was supposed to be the main event, replacing the previous main event which was tossed out due to the embarrassing dispute between Conor McGregor and the UFC (read more about that here).
If Lesnar’s B sample confirms he tested positive for a banned substance, he’ll be suspended from future competition.
Brock Lesnar is an incredibly popular figure, not to mention an incredibly talented athlete and entertainer.
Not only did he develop a career as a WWE superstar, but Lesnar also tried out to be an NFL player and has won the UFC heavyweight championship. Very few have the talents to succeed/compete in one of those leagues, let alone three.
It’s that type of talk that led wrestling Hall of Famer Ric Flair to praise Lesnar strongly during an interview before the ESPYS.
“Brock is once in a lifetime. He’s a special guy. He brings a lot,” Flair said of Lesnar. “Personally, I wouldn’t want to be Randy Orton at SummerSlam. Brock has a hard time turning it down. Five weeks after the octagon, he’s gotta be at SummerSlam in New York against Randy Orton, and Randy Orton’s been out six months. What a way to be back.”
NFL quarterback A.J. McCarron apparently saw something he felt was suspicious while watching UFC 200 on Saturday night.
The Cincinnati Bengals QB complained on Twitter that Brock Lesnar wasn’t drug tested prior to his fight against Mark Hunt, a clear indication he believes the WWE superstar is on some performance-enhancing drugs.
What a joke!! Give Brock the same test Bones Jones had to take! It's really unfair to every other fighter that he didn't get tested
Lesnar’s shoutout comes days after five Dallas police officers were killed by a sniper attack while protecting those peacefully protesting. In the ensuing days there were other attacks on police officers. Prior to that, two black men were killed by police.
Though Lesnar represented Canada for his fight, the U.S. was still front and center on his mind, as were people of all races and nationalities. That’s why fans love him.
WWE officials have agreed to allow Brock Lesnar to return to the Octagon to fight Mark Hunt at UFC 200, but that does not mean they are pleased about it.
In a recent interview with Lara O’Reilly of Business Insider, WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon, Vince’s daughter, was asked about Lesnar’s upcoming MMA fight. She referred to it as a “special case” and made it clear that the big wigs at the WWE are not thrilled about it.
“In Brock Lesnar’s case it was really a special case that we are allowing him to do this fight,” McMahon said. “But like you said it’s not really a cross-promotional opportunity, but we are allowing him to participate in that fight.
“We are not supporting the fight necessarily but, again, it’s not a competitor to us and the more that our superstars, that’s how we refer to our talent, the more they do outside of WWE, the more awareness it generates and the broader the audience can be that is then brought back into our properties. So we recognize the value of that.”
Shortly after the announcement was made that Lesnar was returning for UFC 200, we gave you some insight explaining how Brock may have worked a UFC option into his latest WWE contract. Since UFC 200 is not a co-promotion for the UFC and WWE, it seems even more likely that Lesnar has that option. Otherwise, the McMahons probably would not have allowed him to risk his health.
If Lesnar does have a UFC option in his contract, you have to wonder if it’s only for one fight. It would make sense for that one fight to be at UFC 200.
When discussing his UFC return earlier this week, Brock Lesnar compared himself to Bo Jackson. That’s pretty bold, but Jackson was not offended.
Simply put, it’s hard to be offended by something that someone you have never heard of says. When TMZ asked him about Lesnar’s comparison, Jackson claimed he has no idea who Lesnar is.
“I don’t know who Brock Lesnar is, man,” the NFL legend said. “I don’t watch (MMA). Not on my radar. If I didn’t make money doing it, I don’t know nothing about it.”
Jackson was named the MVP of the 1989 MLB All-Star Game. He was named to the Pro Bowl, the NFL’s all-star game, the following year. While Lesnar is an incredible athlete, he gained most of his notoriety in the WWE. He’s just not on Jackson’s level.
As for Jackson having never heard of Lesnar, we doubt that’s true. Bo’s own daughter tweeted about Lesnar’s comparison, so the former Los Angeles Raider must have seen that. He probably just doesn’t want to give Lesnar the satisfaction.
The Oakland Raiders and Bo Jackson’s daughter would like to remind Brock Lesnar that he is not Bo Jackson.
Lesnar called himself “the modern-day Bo Jackson” in an ESPN SportsCenter interview on Monday, a reference to his prowess as a college wrestler, a pro wrestler, and a UFC fighter, not to mention an aborted attempt to make it in the NFL.
As you might imagine, this did not go over too well in certain circles. One of those disapproving was those behind his former NFL team’s Twitter account. Jackson played for the L.A. Raiders, and the Oakland Raiders Twitter account delivered a reminder that couldn’t possibly be coincidental.
Brock Lesnar is officially making his return to the Octagon at UFC 200, but the UFC has not yet announced his opponent. That announcement could be coming on Monday evening, but that isn’t stopping many from speculating about his potential opponent.
For now, my money would be on Josh Barnett.
Ariel Helwani first reported news of Lesnar’s comeback a few hours before the UFC made it official. Later in the evening, Helwani specifically mentioned Barnett as a possibility for Lesnar.
Josh Barnett is actively campaigning to get the Lesnar fight, I'm told. He wants it badly. He's here at the Forum, too.
Hours after a report circulated that the UFC was close to finalizing a deal to have Brock Lesnar return to the Octagon and fight at UFC 200, the UFC made it official.
The promo the organization made for UFC 200 that they aired at UFC 199 in Inglewood on Saturday included a cool image of Lesnar at the very end. It’s obvious they just added it in to the end, meaning this was a new/late addition: