Yesterday it was revealed by the UFC that Brock Lesnar had been given an exemption from the usual four-month drug testing period before any bout.
The reasoning was that, because the part-time WWE Superstar had only officially signed a deal for his UFC 200 bout on Friday, he didn't have the time to follow normal protocol before the July 9 pay-per-view.
Even with the UFC claiming Lesnar has been tested recently and was now in the testing pool, it is fair to say Lesnar's loophole has gone down like a tonne of bricks with his upcoming opponent Mark Hunt. In fact, in an interview with Fox Sports, the New Zealander came out with a fairly serious accusation against 'The Beast Incarnate':
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"I don’t think that’s fair. I think it’s load of bulls***, I think it’s rubbish,” the 42-year-old 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.
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"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."
Hunt has long been a vocal critic of drug use in MMA and, in his first interview following his announcement as Lesnar's opponent, had already brought up his concerns about the need to test the former UFC Heavyweight champion.
He has taken that one step further today by outright accusing Lesnar of taking steroids, however.
The veteran fighter also revealed he had spoken to UFC president Dana White about his fears, and didn't seem too convinced by what the boss had to tell him:
“How are you going to clean the sport up doing that s***? It won’t happen. I don’t think it’s fair.
“I’ve already voiced my opinion to Dana about it but apparently he (Lesnar) has been getting tested but he’s probably been off a couple of cycles anyway."
While, for many, there are legitimate grounds for Lesnar's exemption given the short notice of the bout, the fact he hasn't undergone the same strict checks that other UFC fighters must go through will put doubts in some people's minds ahead of his first fight since 2011.
For a sport that has had more than its fair share of bad press regarding drug use, the UFC best hope that nothing untoward is discovered in the weeks ahead.
As for Lesnar's response to the accusations, that will likely be saved for when the bell rings in the octagon next month.