Stefan Struve doesn’t believe Brock Lesnar has any place in the UFC heavyweight division.
It’s looking increasingly likely that WWE superstar Brock Lesnar will return to MMA this year, but not everyone on the UFC roster is looking forward to it.
UFC president Dana White recently teased of Lesnar’s comeback by posting a picture of himself and the heavyweight powerhouse on Instagram, and WWE promoter Paul Heyman said Lesnar is ‘always ready’ to throw down in the Octagon.
Heavyweight veteran Stefan Struve, however, is not looking forward to Lesnar returning to the UFC and told MMAjunkie that the WWE Universal Champion ‘doesn’t belong here’.
“No (he shouldn’t fight again); he doesn’t belong here in my opinion,” Struve said at Thursday’s UFC 222 media day. “He got caught, and just look at that guy. He’s a physical specimen, but it doesn’t make sense. The way they brought him in with the exemption for him not having to do the testing for the four months when he came back – that’s ridiculous. You bring someone back, a guy who looks like him, and he doesn’t have to get tested, and then fights? Mark Hunt, he’s in the right. Of course he’s upset with that.”
Lesnar, who will turn 41 in July, tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs at UFC 200 and his win over Mark Hunt was overturned to a No Contest (NC). Should he return to MMA, the former UFC heavyweight champ will have to re-enter USADA’s drug-testing pool and serve out the remainder of his one-year suspension (six months).
Struve, who takes on Andrei Arlovski at UFC 222, believes Lesnar is bad news for the sport.
“I get why they’ll bring him back, because he brings pay-per-views,” Struve said. “But also he brings a certain image that’s … not good for the sport.”
UFC 222 will feature the heavyweight clash between Struve and Arlovski on the main card and is set to take place later tonight, March 3 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.