Brock Lesnar is being sued by Mark Hunt, his opponent at UFC 200.
Hunt accuses Lesnar, the UFC and Dana White of racketeering, fraud, breach of contract and other charges in the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Nevada federal court. He’s seeking millions of dollar in compensatory and punitive damages.
Lesnar beat Hunt by unanimous decision on July 9, 2016 in his first UFC fight in nearly five years. The glory was short-lived as it was learned that Lesnar failed drug tests for clomiphene and its metabolite, 4-hydroxyclomiphene leading up to the heavyweight contest. The first bad test was an out-of-competition sample collected on June 28, 2016 and the second the day of the fight, an in-competition sample.
As a result of the failed tests, the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) overturned Lesnar’s win to no contest, fined him $250,000 and suspended him for one year in December. The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) also suspended him for a year. However, the suspensions were retroactive, meaning he’ll be eligible to fight again in July 2017.
There was already controversy about the drug testing of Brock Lesnar leading up to the fight as he was granted an exemption from the normal procedures mandated in the UFC’s drug testing policy for fighters that is handled by the USADA. Per the policy, when a retired fighter decides to come out of retirement, they must submit to drug testing for four months before returning to competition.
While Lesnar was tested prior to the fight, he was not put through the rigorous USADA testing a full four months prior to the contest Hunt alleges in his lawsuit that UFC and Lesnar knew he was going to fight in March and there was ample time to put him in the testing pool but they gave him an exemption instead. Hunt also believes the UFC could have obtained the results to Lesnar’s bad drug tests before the fight took place but they chose not too.
Hunt wanted Brock Lesnar’s $2.5 million fight purse (minus his $250,000 fine) as a result of the bad drug tests and a clause put in his contract that guaranteed him the full fight purse of any of his opponents that failed a drug test. The UFC declined.
Deadspin.com has published the lawsuit and have more details available at this link.