Brock Lesnar Anti-Doping Violation Places UFC, WWE In A Spot
WWE star Brock Lesnar is under a lot of heat following reports of a possible anti-doping violation. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed the 39-year-old star of such, but some believe that UFC employed a flawed process in the first place.
Lesnar surprised a lot of people when word came out that he would be at UFC 200. It has been almost five years since the “Beast Incarnate” competed in the MMA world since being forced to leave due to diverticulitis.
He faced Mark Hunt in the main event, a move seen to make up for the pullout of Conor McGregor. Being a big event, Lesnar’s insertion was became a big hit as expected.
Warning shots fired
Before Lesnar and Hunt went at it, there were already worried about steroid-use. Hunt came out and took a shot at the WWE star about it and Lesnar responded in perhaps the most awkward way.
“I’ve been dealing with that my entire life,” Lesnar said via MMA Junkie. “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.”
At that point alone, something was a bit off. But given the limited time to prepare Lesnar, the UFC took the shortcut approach – including the usual anti-doping route.
Being away for so long, Lesnar was treated like a neophyte. The UFC tried to reason out that his case was an exception though the writing was already on the wall. At some point it would backfire and cause controversy and now such is in the open, according to the MMAFighting.com.
Will WWE punish Brock Lesnar?
While Lesnar’s plans of another fight in the UFC looks murky, there is the matter of his WWE job on the line. Lesnar is scheduled to face Randy Orton at WWE SummerSlam this August and now Vince McMahon will be in the spotlight.
One has only to refer to Roman Reigns as an example. The former WWE champion was meted a 30-day suspension for violating the company’s wellness policy. Being a rising star it was seen as a big setback. Lesnar is in the same caliber, if not higher. Will the WWE make an exception or apply the same to Lesnar?