Mark Hunt, the man whom Brock Lesnar defeated in his surprise comeback match at UFC 200 is now filing a civil suit against Lesnar, UFC, and Dana White, alleging that UFC knew that Lesnar was taking performance-enhancing drugs and still allowed him to compete. Lesnar was recently officially suspended for one year by the USADA for failing two separate drug tests while he was training for his UFC 200 fight, and the decision on that match was changed to a “No Contest” as a result. However, Hunt is claiming that UFC abused an exemption clause in their drug testing policy to allow Lesnar to fight, putting Hunt at a severe disadvantage in that match, where he subsequently “suffered severe physical injury, as well as economic and non-economic damages including without limit damage to his reputation, title contention, and future earning capacity”.
Hunt alleges that the Lesnar situation is representative of UFC’s policies as a whole, with the lawsuit stating that it “is representative of and consistent with a pattern of conduct by Defendants of wrongfully jeopardizing fighter health and safety for profit, in violation of state and federal law and the UFC’s own policies. The UFC’s pattern of conduct includes, but is not limited to, granting doping exemptions and drug testing exemptions to known doping competitors, and causing those drug-enhanced fighters to compete with clean fighters.”
Lesnar is currently scheduled to appear on WWE Raw this Monday, and will take part in the upcoming Royal Rumble match on January 29th. Neither UFC nor Lesnar have issued any official responses to this lawsuit as of yet, but we will keep you updated.