When Mark Hunt received the call that he was to fight in UFC 200, he immediately packed his bag and set up camp in the United States and that shows he is dead serious about his profession. The 42-year old Super Samoan will not take the former undisputed heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar, lightly and is already taunting Lesnar by calling him a “pretender” and that he will send The Beast back to WWE weeping.
On his official website, Hunt sent a stern warning to Lesnar not to confuse MMA with entertainment wrestling wherein everything is scripted. He added that the UFC and the MMA is a “realm” for real fighters and not for “pretenders.”
“Don’t confuse wrestling with real fighting. I’m going to give it to him. I ain’t no part time fighter. He thinks this is a game where he can come back and forth. I will send this pretender back so he can play house with the other part timers. This realm is for the real fighters, not these damn pretenders,” Hunt said.
Hunt added that the UFC must start testing Lesnar as he was arrested back in 2001 on suspicion of possessing large amounts of anabolic steroids. But either way, Hunt stated that he plans of knocking the daylights out of Lesnar.
“I already said they better be testing him, but in the end, it doesn’t even matter. It’s time for ‘punch face’, a game I have been playing for many years. I’ll knock his face off. I knock his mouth off and then his lips fly off. If he has the itch to scratch I will scratch it for him,” Hunt added.
Hunt explained that the upcoming fight in UFC 200 is another short notice, but it did not bother him. He narrated that once he got the phone call he was pumped up about it even though he would know his opponent was Lesnar after several days after.
On the other hand, Brock Lesnar told Fox Sports that he was the one who made the phone call to UFC president Dana White to make the fight happen. For him, he has some unfinished business inside the Octagon and wants to deal with the “Devil” that is inside him.
“When I was in the Octagon my last few fights, I believe I wasn’t the man I needed to be. I was faking it. I was faking it just to be in there. I was faking it that a disease was more powerful than me. I was faking that I was more powerful than it. I want to go back into that Octagon, I want to have fun. The lasting memories of me as an ultimate fighter aren’t very good ones because of the discomfort and the pain and just the unhealthiness of it. I felt I needed to be in the Octagon to prove … to beat this disease. And I ended up getting beat by foes that in my mindset I should have never lost to,” Lesnar explained.
Lesnar added that coming out of retirement and being back in the UFC was a hard decision for him to make and with the support of his family and friends, he stated that he is all in this time and wanted to prove something to everyone who doubted him, including his would-be opponent Mark Hunt. Lesnar stressed that he is giving his 100 percent for this fight against Hunt at UFC 200.
The Hunt-Lesnar fight will be the co-main event of UFC which will be a pay-per-view event that will be staged at the T-Mobile Arena of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
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