What Brock Lesnar's potential doping violation means for UFC and Mark Hunt

By Sam Hewat

Mark Hunt fighting Brock Lesnar. Photo / AP
Mark Hunt fighting Brock Lesnar. Photo / AP

When the news broke this morning that Brock Lesnar had been flagged for a positive drug test by USADA, Mark Hunt demanded compensation.

In an expletive-laden text to Newshub, Hunt said he was "seeking a release from my UFC contract if the do not pay half of lesnar a s**t to me, matter of fact they should give me all the f**kers s**t this is the third time I have fought with cheaters" [sic].

But what exactly will Mark Hunt get from this and what does it mean for the UFC?

Former professional boxer Mike Angove spoke to Tony Veitch on Newstalk ZB about the potential impacts and how the next few weeks could play out.



Firstly, Angove doesn't believe the UFC will reverse the decision of the fight.

"Mark Hunt has already been a part of a tainted fight when he fought Silva," Angove said.

"That decision wasn't reversed."

"He should have won that fight."

It is this treatment that Angove believes is the toughest for Hunt.

"He has to cut weight to make 120, never taken a drug in his life, and he would be one of the very few that is absolutely clean.

"And he's been really hard done by, by people who have cheated."

Second is the money.

Lesnar was paid a record-breaking guaranteed purse of $2.5 million, which was tipped to soar to around $10 million with a PPV cut. Hunt wants a slice of the pie.

However, Angove doesn't think the UFC will shift any money.

"I doubt there will be a financial reward," he said. "Where concession will be made is that Mark Hunt is an iconic figure in UFC. They will no doubt give Hunt a high profile fight and make sure he's looked after."

"You have to remember, the UFC is a business, not an amateur sporting organisation. So they will make their decisions based on commercial reality as opposed to the purity of the sport."

Lastly, the impact this will have on UFC in general is one Angove believes will help the image of the sport.

While he was shocked at the leeway Lesnar was given in the preparations for the fight, including his own weigh-in without the Hunt team present, the fact the UFC is making the issue public shows they are serious.

As with the Jon Jones decision just days prior to UFC 200, the organisation isn't scared of going after it's high-profile athletes.

"If you get a couple of good punishments handed out to some of the biggest stars, you'd have to say the sport is taking it seriously and as consequence, that reflects well on the longevity of the sport if they are looking at eliminating cheating."

In any case, the UFC world has been flipped upside down for the second time in as many weeks.

- NZ Herald

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