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Stefan Struve Says UFC Made a “Big Mistake” Handling Brock Lesnar’s Return

Kelsey Mowatt

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Recently there’s been a ton of talk about Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar fighting, but it doesn’t sound like Stefan Struve’s on board with the idea.

Prior to UFC 214, Jones let it be known that he wants to scrap Lesnar, and after he stopped Daniel Cormier on July 29th, he repeated his call out. Lesnar, meanwhile, has said he’d face “Bones”, “anytime, anywhere” and has also told the light-heavyweight champ to “be careful for what you wish for”. 

Now, since Lesnar is technically retired from MMA, the suspension USADA handed him last year has been frozen. So, although Lesnar – Jones couldn’t happen anytime soon, that hasn’t diminished talk about the potentially, massive fight.

Case in point, recently Struve was a guest on “Submission Radio“, and the heavyweight was asked for his thoughts on the proposed bout. Here is some of what Struve had to say (quote via MMA Mania):

“I think cheaters should not be in the UFC and I think the UFC made a big mistake last time by bringing Lesnar in and giving him a four-month exemption before his fight so that USADA wouldn’t test him for four months, which is a normal thing to do if you bring back a fighter. I believe that if he were to come back now he would have to go through six months of testing. So I’d be very curious how those six months go. I think Jones beats him anyway. Simple as that. Jones is too good of an athlete. I don’t think Lesnar gets a hold of him to take him down. Jones moves too well.”

In terms of Struve’s comments about Lesnar being in the UFC, he’s not the only fighter to share that sentiment. Mark Hunt, who Lesnar defeated at UFC 200 before being flagged by USADA, has also made similar statements.

At the end of the day, however, we all know that if Lesnar wants to fight Jones when his suspension is up, the UFC is going to sign off on that fight. After all, the fight would be ridiculously huge, and further, there’s no shortage of fighters currently on the UFC roster who have been suspended by USADA. Jones being one of them.

Struve, meanwhile, is booked to fight Alexander Volkov on September 2nd at UFC Fight Night 115 in Rotterdam.

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