When Brock Lesnar's UFC return was confirmed last month, the part-time WWE Superstar made reference to wanting to "scratch an itch" he had had since leaving the MMA promotion back in 2011.
That "itch", according to Lesnar, was born out of a feeling that he still had something to prove in the UFC after a lacklustre end to his first run in the company.
However, The Beast Incarnate's opponent for his comeback bout at UFC 200, Mark Hunt, isn't buying that story. In fact, in comments made this week, the New Zealander thinks Lesnar's guilty conscience could be behind his return.
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In comments reported by Australian newspaper The Courier Mail, Hunt made the bold claim that the former UFC Heavyweight Champion is only coming back to the octagon because "he doesn’t know if cheating got him that title":
"This is the reason why he’s coming back. He’s got an itch to scratch and that’s because he doesn’t know if cheating got him that title," Hunt told Fox Sports Australia.
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"Once you have the title and you’re cheating, everything you’ve done you look back and say ‘did I do that cleanly, or by cheating?’ Well, only god and you know that."
This isn't the first time Hunt has made thinly veiled accusations about Lesnar using steroids to gain an illegal advantage.
Spurred on by news that the 38-year-old isn't having to follow the usual USADA protocol for his UFC 200 bout, the Kiwi fighter has already warned Lesnar might be "juiced to the gills" when the pay-per-view rolls around.
Now bringing into question Lesnar's successful run to the Heavyweight title at the turn of the decade, Hunt is turning the screw on his rival:
"When I hang up the gloves and stop fighting...I’m not going to look back and say ‘I’ve got to go scratch an itch’ because I’ve done it clean.
“I’ve taken my poundings and given my poundings and I’ve done it walking a straight line. I haven’t cheated getting to where I am today.”
Lesnar has never failed any drugs tests during his time in either the UFC or WWE, although he does have an arrest for the illegal possession of steroids on his CV dating back from 2001.
Those charges were ultimately dropped, however, it doesn't look like Hunt is willing to drop his damaging accusations any time soon.
With under two weeks to go until Hunt and Lesnar face off at UFC 200, it is unlikely Lesnar or his camp will respond to the claims directly. Nevertheless, his veteran opponent is doing his best to make sure they are being talked about in the run-up to the July 9 event.
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