Brock Lesnar is returning to the Octagon, despite a requirement that any retired fighter is supposed to notify the United Stated Anti-Doping Agency, which administers the UFC’s Anti-Doping Policy, at least four months prior to competition. That doesn’t sit well with Lesnar’s UFC 200 opponent Mark Hunt.
Lesnar was granted a special exemption from the four-month notification, which will allow him to compete on July 9. He will, however, be subject to random drug testing and the other USADA enforced regulations.
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“On June 6, 2016, UFC heavyweight Brock Lesnar was registered by USADA into the UFC Anti-Doping Policy testing pool. As part of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, 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,” read a UFC statement on the matter.
“While conversations with the heavyweight have been ongoing for some time, Lesnar required permission from WWE to compete in UFC 200 and only agreed to terms and signed a bout agreement last Friday. He was therefore unable to officially start the Anti-Doping Policy process any earlier. UFC, however, did notify Lesnar in the early stages of discussions that if he were to sign with the UFC, he would be subject to all of the anti-doping rules. ….View full article