Stefan Struve returns to action tonight at UFC 222 and his opponent is former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski.
Brock Lesnar is another former UFC Heavyweight Champion who is rumored to be returning to the promotion, but Struve says that Lesnar doesn’t belong in the promotion anymore.
“No (he shouldn’t fight again); he doesn’t belong here in my opinion,” Struve told MMA Junkie. “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.”
Lesnar is currently serving a USADA issued suspension after a failed drug test in line with UFC 200, but would be free to compete again once that suspension is completed.
Struve would argue that even though he doesn’t want Lesnar in the UFC, but does understand why the promotion wants him back.
“I get why they’ll bring him back, because he brings pay-per-views,” Struve said. “But also he brings a certain image that’s … not good for the sport.”
UFC 222 takes place on Saturday, March 3 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Cyborg and Yana Kunitskaya headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.