UFC: Brock Lesnar responds to Mark Hunt's doping allegations

Brock Lesnar weighs in during the UFC 141 Official Weigh In at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Photo / Getty
Brock Lesnar weighs in during the UFC 141 Official Weigh In at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Photo / Getty

Brock Lesnar is no stranger to doping allegations, so the WWE star has simply brushed off claims of cheating made by Mark Hunt in the lead-up to their highly-anticipated heavyweight bout at UFC 200.

Lesnar returns for his first UFC fight in five years against New Zealand-born, Australian-based veteran Hunt in a co-main event bout in Las Vegas on July 10 (NZT).

Hunt voiced concerns Lesnar will be "juiced to the gills" and also suggested the American cheated to win the heavyweight title in 2008.

Lesnar, though, insists he's not fazed.

"I've been dealing with that my entire life," Lesnar said on the international UFC 200 media conference call.

"I'm a white boy and I'm jacked. Deal with it. What do you want me to say? I'm a white boy and I'm jacked, deal with it."

Though Lesnar has never publicly failed a drug test, many have made insinuations due to his gigantic physique and freakish athleticism. He was arrested in 2001 for illegally possessing steroids but the charges were dismissed four months later.

Hunt, though, was furious at the UFC's decision to waive its usual drug testing policy for athletes coming out of retirement.

It emerged last week that Lesnar has already been tested five times by USADA since his comeback became public two months ago. However Hunt described testing Lesnar now as a "waste of time" because he could have already completed a steroid cycle and tapered off in time to pass tests.

Despite Hunt's concerns around doping, there was never any chance of the 42-year-old knocking back one of the biggest fights in UFC history.

"Brock is such a huge name and sports star ... as soon as you mention him everyone starts going crazy," Hunt said.

"He's done something I've never done: he's become a world champion, he's done it three times so that's amazing in itself.

"Whether he's done it cleanly, only he and God knows, but in the end, it's an opportunity I couldn't pass up."

Meanwhile Lesnar has also insisted he doesn't care how the promotion or fans of professional wrestling feel about his UFC return.

Lesnar had to receive permission from the WWE to fight July 9 due to his exclusive contract with the professional wrestling promotion, but outside of that, he's not focused on anything regarding his day job ahead of his return to the Octagon.

Lesnar is scheduled to return to WWE a month after UFC 200 to perform at SummerSlam, but he's not worried about that appearance right now. In fact, Lesnar gave a rather blunt answer when asked if he believes his WWE popularity might take a hit if things don't go his way against Mark Hunt.

"I really don't give a s**t," Lesnar told News Corp.

Expanding on that answer, Lesnar spoke about the recognition he gets as a wrestler versus being a fighter and how he would prefer to be remembered when his career is over.

Lesnar says it doesn't matter to him how fans perceive him as a performer or a mixed martial artist, the same way he doesn't care what anybody thinks about his fight at UFC 200.

"Honestly, I really don't care. This isn't about my fans. This is about me living my life, being the person I want to be," Lesnar said. "Granted, without the fans and everything, none of us would be able to do this, I get that."

All Lesnar cares about right now is fighting at UFC 200, beating Mark Hunt and then he'll deal with everything else afterwards.

That includes a decision on whether or not he'll fight again.

"I don't know," Lesnar said about fighting after UFC 200. "I feel really good. Training camp is going great. I'm happy. I'm happy with my life. I'm happy with everything. Yes, since I left the Octagon after I got beat by (Alistair) Overeem and kind of forced out of the cage because of my illness, it haunted me for a long time.

"Here I am and before it's too late, I want to get back in the cage and have some fun with it. This is all about having fun. I'm not looking past this fight. I'm just taking one day at a time. One training session at a time. Looking forward to July 9. I'm grateful that Mark Hunt took the fight, it was short notice for me and him so we'll see what happens on the 9th."

- news.com.au

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