Mark Hunt Sues UFC and Brock Lesnar Over Lesnar’s Failed Drug Tests
UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt is suing the UFC, its president Dana White, and former opponent Brock Lesnar over Lesnar’s failed UFC 200 drug tests.
Lesnar failed his UFC 200 prefight drug test administered on June 28, testing positive for the anti-estrogen agent clomiphene. He was subsequently fined $250,000 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and banned from fighting for one year.
Filed in Nevada District Court on Tuesday, Hunt’s lawsuit alleges the defendants “affirmatively circumvented and obstructed fair competition for their own benefit.”
Under the UFC’s anti-doping program, fighters returning from retirement are required to undergo four months of random drug testing prior to fighting again. However, the UFC waived that requirement for Lesnar.
They say it was because of “exceptional circumstances.” Hunt says the UFC knew Lesnar would be making his UFC comeback long before they officially announced it in June, meaning there was plenty of time for Lesnar to go through the four-month testing process. But they waived the testing requirement because they knew Lesnar was using banned substances.
Hunt’s lawsuit also takes issue with the UFC’s unwillingness to dole out a harsher punishment. Their anti-doping program authorizes the promotion to rescind a fighter’s title, ranking, and purse in the event of a positive test. However, in the case of Lesnar, who earned $2.5 million compared to Hunt’s $700,000, the UFC decided no further punishment was needed beyond the NSAC’s $250,000 fine.
So you can see why Mark Hunt is upset. Everything suggests the UFC looked the other way with regard to Lesnar’s doping so they could cash in on his name recognition at UFC 200—and all at the expense of Hunt’s own brand.
According to Hunt’s lawyers, he is seeking damages in the millions. Let’s hope he wins.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]