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Brock Les­nar is swap­ping the WWE ring for the UFC oc­tagon, but the wrestling star might be mak­ing a big mis­take.

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Brock Les­nar dished out beat­ings in the WWE be­tween 2000 and 2004, then the 38-year-old signed with mixed mar­tial arts com­pany Ul­ti­mate Fighting Cham­pi­onship (UFC), with av­er­age suc­cess be­tween 2008 and 2011. Now that he has made his mark in the WWE again (he re-signed with Vince McMa­hon in 2012 and fa­mously ended The Un­der­taker’s WrestleMa­nia Streak in 2014), it’s time for Brock to try his hand at UFC brawl­ing once more. And thanks to a spe­cial once-off dis­pen­sa­tion from Vince, Brock is re­turn­ing to the oc­tagon at the UFC 200 pay-per-view spe­cial on 9 July.

POWER VS POWER

So who is Brock facing in his re­turn to the UFC? New Zealand slug­ger Mark Hunt. “I’m go­ing to knock him out,” says 42-year-old Mark. While Brock is con­fi­dent that he’s go­ing to “give that Samoan [born] a beat­ing like he’s never had be­fore”, he will need to be care­ful. Mark’s nick­name is “The King Of WalkOffs” be­cause as soon as he lands that knock-out punch, he turns his back on his op­po­nent and walks away un­til the floored fighter is counted out – and it hap­pens ev­ery time! Con­sid­er­ing nine of Mark’s 12 vic­to­ries have come via knock­out (and he’s bro­ken op­po­nents’ jaws ), Brock may have got­ten him­self into more than he can han­dle.

BUT THERE’S CON­TRO­VERSY

Stan­dard UFC pol­icy is for fight­ers to be tested dur­ing the four months be­fore the fight, but that hasn’t hap­pened since the match-up was only an­nounced in June. And Mark’s not happy: “I think Brock is juiced to the gills [us­ing steroids]. I don’t think that’s fair. I don’t think any­one should be ex­empt from test­ing. If they [the UFC] are try­ing to clean the sport up, this is a bad way to do it. I don’t care who you are.”

How­ever, UFC boss Dana White has as­sured Mark and the fans that Brock has been tested, not only by the UFC but also as part of the WWE’s Well­ness Program that has been in­sti­tuted since the mid-’90s when Vince McMa­hon was in­dicted by US Fed­eral Court to give tes­ti­mony that his em­ploy­ees weren’t us­ing steroids. And Vince isn’t afraid to sus­pend WWE stars if they break this pol­icy – they’re banned from com­pet­ing for 60 days for the slight­est ir­reg­u­lar­ity in test re­sults, even if it’s for pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion that they’re tak­ing for in­juries.

Brock Les­nar’s go­ing back to the UFC with a lot to prove.

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