WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has posted a blog on his official website, with one of the topics being WWE not taking any disciplinary action against Brock Lesnar in regards to his two UFC drug test failures stemming from his UFC 200 fight against Mark Hunt. As previously reported, a WWE representative was quoted as stating to celebrity gossip website TMZ.com that Lesnar would not be disciplined because since he is a part-time performer for the company, he is exempt from the WWE Wellness policy.
Below is what Ross had to say:
“Lesnar is a part-time talent and part-timers are not under the standard, WWE wellness policy according to the WWE itself. If Shaq actually does get in the ring with Big Show at WM33 in Orlando, then Shaq would not be tested either because he would be considered a part-timer. I am not condoning PED use in any way but I do agree that WWE cannot require part time performers in a show business presentation, not a legit sport, to adhere to the same rules and regulations that they require of their full-time talents. Plus to compare pro wrestling to MMA is somewhat eye-rolling.”
The UFC often puts #1 contender fights on the same card as title fights in a clever piece of marketing. And Rothwell knows a great showing could earn him a title fight.
“I think I have a great opportunity to prove [I’m the No. 1 contender]. I know that’s what (Werdum) is taking the fight for, and we’re the co-main event to the heavyweight title fight, and the challenger I’ve already knocked out, and the current champion wasn’t able to fight me in October because he pulled out against me, so I feel there’s already history there. There’s a guy or so that’s obviously in the line. I think it’s about performance, and I think Sept. 10, a challenger for the title will emerge.”
Further, Rothwell happy fighting Miocic, if he remains champ; the pair were scheduled to fight at UFC Fight Night 76 in October, but Miocic pulled out with an injury. And Rothwell is happy to fight Overeem, if he is the new champ; Rothwell beat ‘Reem at UFC Fight Night 50 in 2014.
“This fight is that step that I needed to really take me to the place I want to be, and that’s a No.1 contender and taking on for the title,” said Rothwell. “I know I can win this fight and win big.”