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