Rousey hasn't fought since losing the women's bantamweight title last year to Holly Holm. Rousey has been busy with her acting career, filming three different movies as well as sitting out a medical suspension. The popular Rousey was the most popular women's athlete in the world, and the division has suffered without her consistency. The title changed hands in the last two title fights. Holm lost to Miesha Tate by a choke in her very first defense. Tate lost the belt in her first defense against Amanda Nunes.
Reports from WrestlingObserver.com said Lesnar had a guaranteed $2.5 million downside for the fight, as well as a cut of PPV buys. The website reported his payday could have reached $10 million. UFC's statement didn't mention if the positive test would mean Lesnar's payday would also take a hit. His opponent Mark Hunt responded angrily to the test report.
"The cheaters get a slap on the wrist and walk off," Hunt told MMA Fighting. "What penalty or deterrent is there to make them think twice?"
Hunt said the test result wasn't a surprise and he had told Fox Sports in Australia before the fight he believed Lesnar was doping. He demanded UFC give Lesnar half of his payday, or else release him from his contract. Hunt's last three opponents - Silva, Lesnar and Frank Mir - have tested positive following fights.