Brock Lesnar Opponent Revealed for UFC 200
On Saturday, UFC confirmed rumors that current WWE star Brock Lesnar would be returning to the company for the milestone UFC 200 pay-per-view. And now, we know who Lesnar will be facing at the big show.
The announcement was made on SportsCenter this morning that Lesnar would be taking on Mark Hunt for his big return fight.
Naturally, Lesnar is hoping things will be different this time, since his career-long battle with diverticulitis cost him his last fight in 2011 against Alistair Overeem. It was a loss that led him back to WWE, culminating in Lesnar signing a new three-year contract last year, seemingly ending any hope of a UFC return.
“I couldn’t live with that decision,” Lesnar said. “That decision has haunted me for the last 15 months. I’m a big believer in facing your fears and facing the reality of not sitting 20 years ago saying ‘Son, you should have done that.’ I was on UFC 100, so why not UFC 200?”
Sure enough, Lesnar got the ball rolling for his return to UFC, as he apparently had a secret clause built into his WWE contract allowing him to take this fight against Hunt. Regardless of the outcome of the fight on July 9 in Las Vegas, Lesnar is still booked to appear at WWE Summerslam on August 21 from the Barclays Center in New York. So expect there to be a lot of WWE-UFC cross-promotion. We can also expect a new Lesnar, as the fighter vowed that history would not repeat itself.
“I lost to diverticulitis, that’s who beat me. My performance was because of the illness. I feel a thousand percent. I wouldn’t step in the Octagon if I didn’t. I’m not faking it, this is for real.”
Beating Hunt is going to be a tall order, especially since he has a bit of ring rust on him after having not fought in five years. But I don’t doubt that he’ll be in fighting shape by bell time on July 9. This has the potential to be a real slugfest, and there’s a definite possibility that this fight could steal the show. Either way, the hype is real.
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