Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt at UFC 200 Is Early Christmas Gift for Daniel Cormier
Brock Lesnar is going one-on-one with Mark Hunt at UFC 200 on July 9. And that means it’s an early Christmas for Daniel Cormier.
When the news first broke that Lesnar might be added to the UFC 200 card, Cormier texted Lesnar for confirmation, according to a recent interview.
“Hey Brock, is it Christmas time in the Cormier household, because Brock Lesnar means pay-per-view buys?” the text read.
However, according to Cormier, Lesnar didn’t respond. That is, until the first official promo for Lesnar’s return aired on UFC 198, at which point Cormier received a text.
“Merry Christmas, DC,” the text read.
At UFC 200, Cormier will be facing off against Jon Jones in the second fight in their series. Since Cormier’s paycheck is directly related to how many buys the pay-per-view does, adding a proven draw like Brock Lesnar to the card means good things for everyone’s bottom line.
“You have Brock Lesnar, who you could argue is the biggest star in UFC history, and I believe you have the most important fight than UFC can put on right now. Love Nate Diaz, love Conor McGregor, but what’s it for? It’s not for a belt and it’s not going to lead to a title shot. It’s a fight people want to see because it’s an attraction. With Jon and I, you have the most important match the UFC can put on the most important event,” Cormier stated.
It’s hard to argue with his logic, as Lesnar has three out of the nine most purchased UFC pay-per-views of all-time to his name, including the most purchased UFC show in history, UFC 100: Lesnar vs Mir II. That event did 1.6 million buys on pay-per-view, a positively astronomical figure considering how many people tend to just go to their local bar to watch events, or split the cost and watch with a group of friends. Even without the big McGregor/Diaz rematch on the card, UFC 200 is poised to be every bit as big, if not bigger. And that means another big Christmas in the Cormier household.
But what are Lesnar’s chances against Hunt, in your opinion? Sound off in the comments!
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