Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White recently starting turning the rumor mill after posting a picture of himself and former Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Adding gasoline to the fire, the outspoken head honcho later revealed there's a “very, very good chance” Brock would return to the Octagon.
Then there was this.
While many fight fans and UFC suits will be glad to see Brock return to action, other’s aren't so eager to see him fight again. Among them is fellow 265-pound machine Stefan Struve. Speaking to MMA Junkie:, Struve lays down his case for not allowing Lesnar compete inside the UFC’s cage again, saying his image is simply not good for the sport.
“No (he shouldn’t fight again); he doesn’t belong here in my opinion. He got caught, and just look at that guy. He’s a physical specimen, but it doesn’t make sense. The way they brought him in with the exemption for him not having to do the testing for the four months when he came back – that’s ridiculous. You bring someone back, a guy who looks like him, and he doesn’t have to get tested, and then fights? Mark Hunt, he’s in the right. Of course he’s upset with that. I get why they’ll bring him back, because he brings pay-per-views. But also he brings a certain image that’s … not good for the sport.”
I take it “Skyscraper” isn’t a big Jon Jones fan, either.
Indeed, Lesnar was suspended after his win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200 after United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) found him pissing hot, which many weren’t surprised with given the fact that UFC gave him an exemption from USADA to compete.
As Struve mentioned, Lesnar would definitely be good for the business side of things, though "Super Samoan" can give you a few reasons why he should be ousted from MMA.
Of course, a return isn't a done deal just yet, so it's all speculation at this point. As for Struve, he is set to face Andrei Arlovski this Saturday (March 3, 2018) at UFC 222 in Las Vegas, Nevada.