A bombshell was dropped on Saturday night during the UFC 199 pay-per-view with the news that WWE wrestler Brock Lesnar, who fought in the UFC from 2006-2011, would return to the octogan for UFC 200. But who would he face?
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Originally reported by MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, and later announced on the live show, the disclosure was met by shock by many in both the wrestling and MMA communities.
One thing unknown was who would oppose Lesnar in the cage on July 9th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Appearing on Sportscenter on Monday morning, the “Beast Incarnate” announced he would face heavyweight Mark Hunt, nicknamed “The Super Samoan,” who’s record stands at 12-10.
Sportscenter announced the news on it’s Twitter account:
BREAKING: Brock Lesnar says he will fight Mark Hunt on July 9 at UFC 200. pic.twitter.com/bnkOIKMVyL
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 6, 2016
Hunt, at 5’10” and 262 pounds has knocked out nine fighters that include Roy Nelson and Frank Mir, and won three fights in decisions over Mirko Flipovic, and Ben Rothwell. The 42-year-old from South Auckland, New Zealand is four years older than Lesnar, who hasn’t fought in a Mixed Marshall Arts environment since UFC 141, where he was defeated by Alistair Overeem in his first fight since recovering from diverticulitis and losing his heavyweight title over a year before to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121.
Lesnar was a huge draw for the UFC in his five years with the company, as six of his seven fights were either the main event or co-main event of a pay-per-view. Lesnar holds a career MMA record of 5-3, while his UFC record stands at 4-3, with all of his fights on pay-per-view events.
Lesnar will not leave the WWE perminently for UFC, as it looks like a return for SummerSlam will be in the cards come August.