Brock Lesnar is officially allowed to fight Mark Hunt, on July 9, 2016, though Lesnar retired last year. The Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter is not bound to the drug testing protocol. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has elected to give a first USADA exemption for an athlete since the anti-doping policy was introduced in July 2015.
Exempted From a Four-Month Drug Testing
Lesnar, who is 38 years old, decided to return to UFC after almost five years of absence from Mixed Martial Arts. Actually, on March 24, 2015, the heavyweight fighter declared that he closed the door on a return to MMA and a few months later he retired.
In spite of all that, the DeathClutch Gym team component will compete at UFC 200 on July 9, 2016, in Las Vegas. The MMA fighter Lesnar was allowed to fight Hunt without being bound to complete the four-month drug testing stipulated in the UFC Anti-Doping policy, which is enforced by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
UFC Motivated the Decision
The policy introduced in July 2015 states that an MMA fighter may not compete in UFC bouts until he has given a written notice of his intent to resume competing, and has made himself available for testing before returning to competition. However, the article also mentions that the UFC may grant an exemption to the prior notification rule in extraordinary situations or where the strict adherence to the rule would be evidently unfair to the MMA athlete.
Taking in consideration that Lesnar signed the bout agreement on June 3, 2016, and that the UFC 200 will take place on July 9, the exemption was necessary in order to see the MMA fight against Hunt according to the schedule.
Hunt Is Dissatisfied With the Exemption
Mark Hunt will be Lesnar’s opponent at the UFC 200, the Mixed Martial Arts event that will be in July. After Lesnar was allowed to fight him, Hunt reacted showing his dissatisfaction with the exemption. The fighter also called The Doctor said that the rules should apply to everybody because that is the only way to clean up MMA.
Also, Hunt accused Lesnar of being ”juiced to the gills” which allowed him to install as favorite for the fight. Furthermore, Hunt has some advantages because Lesnar has not been in the Octagon for almost five years.
Hunt Found a Supporter in Mir
After the announcement that Brock Lesnar was going to be allowed to fight Hunt in the MMA event from July, other athletes made their bets on the winner. Frank Mir, the former UFC Heavyweight Champion who has been in the Octagon with both Lesnar and Hunt, made his pick really quick.
Mir thinks that the Super Samoan Hunt will take out The Beast Lesnar because of Lesnar’s dramatic response to the negativity of the hits. “He doesn’t like to be hit and that’s a bad thing when fighting Mark Hunt, who again I think is one of the hardest punchers in the division,” added Frank Mir according to the MMAFighting website.
Mir was Mark Hunt’s the last opponent, whom he faced on March 20, at the MMA event; UFC Fight Night 85. Mir lost via KO in the first round and he was suspended several weeks later because the sample he submitted on the day he fought Hunt was tested positive by the USADA.
UFC 200: The Awaited MMA Event
UFC 200 is the Mixed Martial Arts event that will take place on July 9, in Las Vegas, Nevada. On the official fight card, there are 12 fights including the heavyweight confrontation between Lesnar and Hunt.
Other important bouts during the MMA event will be the light heavyweight fight between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones. Also, the women’s bantamweight fight, which will be fought by Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes.
By Bianca-Ramona Dumitru
Edited by Cathy Milne
ESPN.com: Lesnar becomes first to receive USADA exemption by UFC
FoxSports.com: Mark Hunt blasts Brock Lesnar as being ‘juiced to the gills’ after four-month drug testing notice is waived
MMAFighting.com: Frank Mir ‘betting on’ Mark Hunt, because Brock Lesnar ‘doesn’t like to be hit’
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