Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones sure do have a lot in common lately. Both were booked for UFC 200. However, Jones was pulled from the main event after testing positive for a banned substance while Lesnar won his match with Mark Hunt but had positive test results from drug tests taken both in-competition and out-of-competition.
It was found that both Jones and Lesnar tested positive for hydroxyl-clomiphene, an estrogen blocker, which can mask steroid use. In addition to clomiphene, Jones also tested positive for Letrozole, an aromatase inhibitor.
The similarities don’t stop there, however.
Although both are facing sanctions from USADA and the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC), the UFC has decided not to fine either fighter for their failed drug tests. That will be left up to the NAC, according to UFC vice president of public relations, Dave Sholler.
Lesnar will likely be fined a percentage of his $2.5 million purse for fighting at UFC 200. Jones, on the other hand, didn’t have a purse because he did not compete.
Understandably, the person who faced Lesnar, Mark Hunt, is upset that Lesnar has yet to be punished. Hunt had a lot to say about the UFC, USADA and Brock Lesnar during an expletive-laced tirade on “The MMA Hour” on Monday. Hunt has been very vocal about wanting to receive a portion of Lesnar’s purse after seeing more severe monetary punishment levied for fighters who fail to make weight.
“The worst thing about this scenario is that they aren’t doing [expletive] about it,” Hunt said during his passionate interview. “The reason why I am upset is because this isn’t the first or second opponent I fought, this is the third time I fought someone that has been cheating. And the thing is that there is no compensation. You get nothing. You lose 20 percent when you don’t make weight. But when you get caught for doping, what do you get? Nothing! There are no fines, all you get is time off. When is this going to change?”
Hunt certainly has a right to be frustrated. His fight with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, that many considered the fight of the year back in 2013, ended in a draw but Silva failed a subsequent drug test for elevated testosterone. Earlier this year, Frank Mir was flagged by USADA from a test taken the day before he was knocked out in the first round of his fight with Hunt at UFC Fight Night in March. And then his fight with Lesnar.
Hunt aimed his vitriol toward Lesnar, using a number of unflattering names in his interview while also noting that his opponent was a “hypocrite” for suggesting that Jones was unprofessional for failing a drug test before UFC 200.
“If [Jones] is unprofessional, what does that make you?” Hunt asked.
Hunt said that he reached out to UFC brass for a response but has yet to hear back. He even went so far as to say that perhaps the UFC and USADA were complicit with Lesnar’s PED usage. He also lobbied for the creation of a fighter association to crack down on incidents such as these and other situations fighters have complained about over the years.
“We, as fighters, are sending out the wrong message,” he said. “We’re saying that you can get away with anything. If you stick a needle in your ass, you can make millions of dollars and make it to the top… These companies don’t give a rat’s ass about us. All of these fighters should get behind this movement because, if it’s not me (getting hurt by a PED user), it’s going to be one of you. These companies would make nothing without us.”
As the interview continued, Hunt simply couldn’t hold back his frustration with the lack of discipline.
“What’s it going to take for someone to do something about this? Will it take someone to die?” Hunt asked. “In the end, something bad could happen to someone. Someone can die because somebody is cheating. It’s going too far and something has to be done.”
Ultimately, if Hunt doesn’t see any resolution, he’s made it clear that he will never fight for the UFC again.
“I don’t want to be a part of this company unless they do something about this… [Expletive] the UFC! They are [expletives] and they don’t look out for anybody but themselves.”
(Mark Hunt interview starts at around the 3:20 mark.)