As the UFC’s 200th pay-per-view card, UFC 200 was always supposed to be stacked to the rim with talent. Unfortunately, the landmark card was ceaselessly battered by injuries, PED-busts and more, leaving the UFC scrambling to keep the its lineup in tact until it finally occured on July 9 of this year.
One of the organization’s key efforts to assure UFC 200 was up to snuff in spite of the many blows its was dealt was their signing of former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Lesnar, who won the title from Randy Couture in 2008 and surrendered it to Cain Velasquez in 2010, has spent the last few years competing as a pro wrestler for WWE. Despite being under contract with this organization, he was allowed to compete in a “one-off” return to the Octagon in UFC 200’s co-main event, where he took on Brick fisted Kiwi Mark Hunt.
Despite widespread concern that Lesnar would be ruined by his own ring rust or Hunt’s fearsome power, he ultimately came out on top, making a successful return with a dominant unanimous decision win. Unfortunately, it was revealed in the subsequent weeks that Lesnar had failed both out-of-competition and fight night drug tests. Given Lesnar’s massive physique, and the dodgy testing exemption he received in the lead-up to the fight, this outcome didn’t shock too many people.
Though Lesnar and his team have since tried to cover his tracks by suggesting his failed tests could have been the result of compounds found in his foot cream, eye medication of asthma medication, Hunt isn’t buying it. The heavyweight legend has repeatedly attacked Lesnar for his failed tests, and blasted the UFC for their apparent lack of action on the matter. He’s even thinking about taking the organization to court over the issue.
Late on Saturday evening, Hunt’s social media campaign against Lesnar and the UFC continued with a new Instagram post. The post shows Lensar on the cover of the WWE 2k17 video game, with a speech bubble taped beside head.
“It was my asthma inhaler, I swear!” it says.
At the moment, it does not appear that either Hunt or Lesnar will be returning to the UFC any time soon. What do you think of this PED-related drama? Sound off, PENN Nation!