- For those of you who aren't familiar with Mark Hunt, Brock Lesnar's opponent at UFC 200, you can check out the video above to see some of his devastating knockouts. Hunt, 42, has a 12-10-1 record with 9 of his 12 wins coming via KO or TKO. Hunt's last fight was a first round knockout over Lesnar's former foe, Frank Mir, at UFC Fight Night last March in Brisbane, Australia. Lesnar's last fight in the UFC was a first round TKO loss to Alistair Overeem in December of 2011.
- As noted, the UFC issued a statement revealing that Lesnar received an USADA exemption for the four-month written rule to fight at UFC 200. The UFC stated that Lesnar only signed a bout agreement last Friday, and therefore was unable to officially start the Anti-Doping Policy process earlier. Because of that, they "may grant a former athlete an exemption to the four-month written notice rules in exceptional circumstances or where the strict application of that rule would be manifestly unfair to an athlete. Given Lesnar last competed in UFC on December 30, 2011, long before the UFC Anti-Doping Policy went into effect, for purposes of the Anti-Doping Policy, he is being treated similarly to a new athlete coming into the organization."
This did not sit well with Hunt, who called it a "load of bullsh-t" on UFC Fight Week on FOX Sports.
"I don't think that's fair. I think it's load of bullsh-t, I think it's rubbish," Hunt said. "I don't think anyone should be exempt from testing. If they're trying to clean the sport up — mixed martial arts — this is a bad way to do it. I don't care who you are. It's ridiculous.
"I don't think it's a great move. I think he's juiced to the gills — and I still think I'm going to knock him out. So I don't think that's correct. I don't think he should be allowed to get a four-month exemption otherwise everyone else should. Otherwise I should start juicing. How are you going to clean the sport up doing that s***? It won't happen. I don't think it's fair."
"I've already voiced my opinion to (UFC boss) Dana (White) about it but apparently he (Lesnar) has been getting tested but he's probably been off a couple of cycles anyway. I think everyone should be tested equally and fairly. Make it an even playing field otherwise you might as well get everyone juiced up and have the juicing UFC competition and the non-juicing (competition)."
Despite his objection to the USADA exemption, Hunt said that he'll still fight and knock Lesnar out, although he admitted that it will be a tough fight.
"He'll probably be super strong being juiced to the gills but it doesn't mean anything, man," Hunt said. "I'm ready for anything he has. He's probably going to try and overpower me and put me to the ground, and he won't. I'm going to knock him out. The thing about it is, people think his wrestling is top class and it probably is, but once you can't get someone down, you get a bit tired and that's what's going to happen to him. He's going to get tired, and I'm going to knock him out."
- As noted, Dean Ambrose appeared on this week's ESPN SportsCenter "Off The Top Rope" segment with Jonathan Coachman, as seen below, and was asked about the potential fight between Lesnar and Hunt. Ambrose noted that Lesnar liked to "get his rest time," unlike himself, since he's on the road constantly. He also brought up Hunt's punching power.
"If you get clipped by Mark Hunt - even once, even a little bit - you're going down," Ambrose said. "I don't care how big you are, Mark Hunt is blessed with far more punching power in his fists than I am. Brock Lesnar just better watch out for that right hand and left hook."