It’s good to be Brock Lesnar. Lesnar earned over $2.5 million dollars after defeating Mark Hunt in a unanimous decision at UFC 200. Then Lesnar got busted by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for using a prohibited drug in violation of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. Yet, it didn’t matter. Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) both decided that they would not punish Lesnar and he could keep all of his money.
Dave Sholler, the Vice President of Public Relations and Athlete Marketing and Development at UFC, told MMAFighting.com that it would not fine Lesnar at all. And why would they fine Lesnar? UFC went out of its way to make sure that Lesnar could avoid the super-strict USADA drug testing before appearing as the headliner for UFC 200.
UFC gave Lesnar an exemption from the 4-month testing window that most UFC athletes are forced to follow. By reducing the testing window to only one month, UFC and Lesnar obviously expected Lesnar’s chances to avoid getting caught using PEDs were much improved.
Lesnar still got caught using prohibited doping substances. Specifically, Lesnar was busted using the PCT drug clomiphene (aka Clomid). But USADA didn’t deliver the results until several days after UFC 200. Lesnar had already been awarded over $2.5 million dollars in prize money.
And now, Sholler has revealed that UFC isn’t going to do anything about it. UFC is happy to allow Lesnar to keep all of his prize money much to the chagrin of Lesnar’s UFC 200 opponent.
Hunt told Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour” podcast that the UFC is not interested in combatting doping. If UFC was serious, it would have forced Lesnar to submit to 4-months of drug testing like everyone else. And if UFC was serious, it would have stripped Lesnar of his UFC 200 prize earnings after Lesnar tested positive for banned PEDs.
“You know what’s the worst thing about the whole scenario?” Hunt said. “The UFC’s not doing shit about it. They’re not doing a damn thing about these cheating monkeys. This is the third time I’ve fought someone’s who’s been cheating. You lose 20 percent when you miss weight. But when you get caught for doping, for sticking needles in your ass, what do you get? You get nothing. They just give you, ‘Here’s a two-year ban. See you later.’”
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) could fine Lesnar up to 70 percent of his UFC 200 purse. But since Lesnar was never expected to continue his MMA career and will soon return to WWE, Lesnar could care less about any UFC or NSAC sanction. Lesnar could simply keep the money and return to the WWE.
The WWE has already indicated that it would welcome Lesnar with open arms in spite of his use of PCT drugs. He is already scheduled to participate in the 2016 WWE SummerSlam event at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn on August 21, 2016.
A WWE spokesperson indicated that Lesnar would not be disciplined after failing the UFC 200. WWE has an anti-steroid policy in place as part of the WWE Talent Wellness Program. However, it conveniently only applies to full-time employees. And Lesnar is only a part-time WWE employee.
“WWE’s talent wellness program does not apply to part-time performers such as Brock Lesnar,” a WWE spokesman told CBS Sports on Tuesday. “WWE is show business. The policy is not intended to keep the integrity of an athletic competition. It is intended to keep our full-time performers healthy.”
It seems that both the UFC and WWE have made it as easy as possible for Lesnar to get away with anything including the use of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). After all, Lesnar brings in huge revenues for both organizations.