If you haven’t already heard Brock Lesnar was flagged by USADA for a potential anti-doping violation in a June 28 drug test leading up to his bout against Heavyweight contender Mark Hunt at UFC 200. Mark Hunt‘s initial reaction was a statement he released on his website markhunt.tv in which the Super Samoan stated the following:
“I wanna know what they are gonna do to Brock now. When you don’t make weight they give twenty percent of your purse to the other fighter. If you get caught cheating you should lose all of it.”
“I’ve told Dana I want half of Brock’s purse”
Since making those statements Mark Hunt has had a change of mind in which he tweeted:
The fact of the matter is that Brock Lesnar doesn’t owe Mark Hunt a dollar, let alone $2.5M at the moment. Yes Brock Lesnar is facing a USADA anti-doping violation but the key word is “facing“. Lesnar, like every other athlete under the UFC anti-doping policy will be afforded his full due process in order to clear his name.
The thing to consider with this violation that gives Brock some credibility is that he was tested eight times in the month leading up to UFC 200 including five times in the first two weeks according to mmafighting.com. Brock Lesnar even went as far to provide the AP with copies of three letters that notified him that he had passed USADA drug tests prior to UFC 200.
We also don’t know what the substance he tested positive for was either at the moment. For example Advil is on the banned substance list and I don’t believe that taking Advil would have been the key to Brock Lesnar‘s success inside the octagon. If he had tested negative in prior testing it could easily have been an incident much like Yoel Romero where he proved that the supplements he had taken were tainted unknowingly and be cleared of charges. The biggest thing to remember in a situation like this is that PEDS do not equal steroids. Though if you read through Twitter comments, you would think they are one and the same which just isn’t the case.
Now let’s get into what is wrong with Mark Hunt‘s statements.
I completely understand Mark Hunt‘s frustrations. If Brock did in fact cheat that would make Lesnar the third Heavyweight in which Hunt has faced who was caught under the UFC anti-doping policy. With that being said he’s jumping the gun a bit in his attempts to attack Brock Lesnar and the UFC publicly.
Once again, Brock still has his right to prove to USADA and the UFC that this is a mistake. If it comes back that Brock was in fact taking something on the banned substance list that is far worse than say Advil then I would completely understand Hunt lashing out. However if it comes back that Lesnar was in fact clean then Hunt is going to have a tough time getting back in the good graces of the UFC.
In regards to Mark Hunt wanting all of Brock’s $2.5M purse, it’s absolutely laughable. I understand his point that if a fighter doesn’t make weight he gives 20% of his purse to the other fighter but 20% to 100% is a huge/drastic leap. Now his initial ask of half was at least not outside the realm of reasonable. I would think 40% would be a more reasonable number but 100% is just unrealistic.
If this was prior to the fight and they removed Brock from the card like Jon Jones then that is a reasonable situation. But you simply can’t have a fighter step into the middle of an octagon, take on physical harm and simply not give that fighter some sort of compensation. At the end of the day regardless if Brock Lesnar cheated or not he deserves some sort of compensation for stepping into the octagon.
Finally I’ve read a lot of Tweets of fans and fighters alike Tweeting something similar to the following:
Now Brock Lesnar may wrestle in the WWE and the results in that organization may be predetermined but don’t get Brock’s abilities twisted with this false reality. His power, agility and wrestling abilities are far from “fake“. Don’t forget that Brock is not only the former UFC Heavyweight Champion beating the likes of Randy Couture, Frank Mir and Shane Carwin but he was also both a NCAA Heavyweight & NJCAA Heavyweight Champion in wrestling. His background and skills are as legitimate as they come. Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt could easily have the same result whether Brock is on PEDS or not.
I’m not condoning the use of PEDS in anyway. If Brock does end up being guilty, he definitely deserves to give up 20-40% of his purse to Mark Hunt but lets wait for the final ruling before making any decisions here.