When Mark Hunt was announced as Brock Lesnar's opponent for the upcoming UFC 200 pay-per-view, the veteran fighter made one thing clear; he wanted to make sure the UFC were already testing the part-time wrestler for drug use.
And while the MMA promotion will be testing Lesnar from now until the July 9 heavyweight clash after he was entered by the USADA into the UFC's anti-doping policy testing pool, 'The Beast Incarnate' has already benefitted from one UFC loophole when it comes to their drug policy.
As reported by Yahoo! Sports, the UFC have taken advantage of a clause in their policy - 5.7.1 to be exact - which means Lesnar will be able to compete despite not giving the UFC four-months notice on his return plans and, thus, making himself available for random drug testing during that time.
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With Lesnar having said he'd made contact with UFC about a return back in February/March time, there may be some who argue he could have put himself forward for drug testing from that moment.
However, as noted by UFC senior vice president of public relations Dave Sholler, Lesnar couldn't have been officially added to the testing pool until last Friday at the earliest because he hadn't officially signed his UFC and bout agreement.
In a statement to Yahoo! Sports, the UFC added:
"UFC may grant a former athlete an exemption to the four-month written notice rules in exceptional circumstances or where the strict application of that rule would be manifestly unfair to an athlete.
"Given Lesnar last competed in UFC on December 30, 2011, long before the UFC Anti-Doping Policy went into effect, for purposes of the Anti-Doping Policy, he is being treated similarly to a new athlete coming into the organization."
The MMA promotion also noted that Lesnar and his team were warned early on in negotiations that testing would lie ahead.
With Hunt and his own official website having already made reference to Lesnar's 2001 arrest on suspicion of anabolic steroid possession - a charge which was later dropped - only time will tell if they voice concerns about this loophole.
In reality, however, there is very little the UFC or Lesnar could have done to comply with the usual procedure.
Some will say Lesnar's UFC return could have been pushed back until October time, but with a hectic WWE schedule to adhere to, that would have been difficult.
Moreover, as a member of the WWE, Lesnar is already subjected to four random drugs tests from a third-party organisation, the Aegis Sciences Corporation.
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