Brock Lesnar is set to co-main event UFC 200 on July 9 against Mark Hunt in his first fight since December 2011 when he lost to Alistair Overeem via technical knockout. According to some fellow MMA fighters, analysts and oddsmakers, Lesnar is going to lose his bout versus Hunt.
The former UFC heavyweight champion has not fought in the Octagon for more than four years but he has always expressed the itch to return MMA. In an interview with ESPN, Lesnar wants to end his UFC career on his terms and not due to a bout with diverticulitis.
“I felt like I was cheated out of my career in the UFC. In my mind and in my heart, I never lost to a foe. I never lost to an opponent. I lost to diverticulitis. That was my opponent that beat me. A lot of other people might have other thoughts about that. I’m sitting here today and I feel 1,000 percent,” Lesnar said.
Despite being fully healthy and ready for his UFC return, many were surprised when the promotion chose Hunt as Lesnar’s opponent. The King of Walk-Offs is probably the most devastating puncher in the UFC and he is on a two-fight winning streak.
Hunt defeated both Antonio Silva and Frank Mir by knockout in the first round. His style is the complete opposite of Lesnar, who is known for his ground game and wrestling ability. Here are some of the reactions of some MMA people on the Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt bout.
A Brock Lesner victory @ufc over Mark Hunt and I guarantee you Brock will fight again. Has that aura that he thinks he can be champion again
— Todd Grisham (@GrishamESPN) June 6, 2016
They’re having a guy that doesn’t react well to punches, coming off a 4.5 year layoff, fight MARK HUNT. This only ends one way, people.
— caposa (@GrabakaHitman) June 6, 2016
— mark miller (@fightshark_com) June 6, 2016
Absolutely love the fact that Lesnar wants to get back in there and compete again. He’s not doing it for free but he’s willing to get KO’d.
— Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) June 6, 2016
The Sportster predicts that Lesnar’s return will fail and Hunt will just walk all over him in their match in July. The report pointed out that the former UFC heavyweight champion is predictable, overconfident and rusty.
However, it should be pointed out that Brock Lesnar probably started training in April after WrestleMania 32. Oddsmakers are also favoring Hunt over Lesnar with Bookmaker having him as favorite at -195 while The Beast is the underdog at +166.
Nonetheless, the 38-year-old WWE and UFC superstar is confident that he will win against Hunt at UFC 200. The event is available on pay-per-view and it is considered the biggest in UFC history.
“I’m a grappler at heart. Hunt is a heavy hitter. I think that’s what the people want to see. The UFC ultimately culminated because we’re going to put guys with opposing disciplines against each other. I think I match up very well. If Mark ends up on the ground, the fight’s over,” Lesnar told ESPN.
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