Numerous UFC heavyweights were hoping to get the call for Lesnar’s return but it was knockout specialist Mark Hunt who was given the fight.
Fellow UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson is hoping that Lesnar sticks around after UFC 200.
“After I get through Derrick (Lewis) and Brock still wants to fight, I’ll definitely fight and it will probably be the biggest pay-per-view of all time,” Nelson told FOX Sports. “We’ll blow Conor McGregor, UFC 100 and even UFC 200 out of the water.”
“Because of our styles, the style I fight, Brock Lesnar’s name and the way I market myself and now with the UFC push behind me, it would get pushed to a whole new freaking level,” Nelson said.
Nelson said that Lesnar is the big draw and compares him to the UFC featherweight champion superstar Conor McGregor.
“I’d definitely take that fight. It’s definitely a money fight. In the heavyweight division, that’s the Conor McGregor,” the 40-year-old Nelson said. “He just brings a whole other audience. It would be like if Tom Cruise said he wanted to fight or Shaquille O’Neal, it’s just somebody that’s so out there and well known.
“If Dana White said he wanted to fight heavyweight, everybody would watch that fight tomorrow just because they want to watch Dana get beat up or win or whatever it is. Because they’re just so well known.”
Nelson added that he feels Lesnar is his own matchmaker for his fights in the UFC.
“I think [Lesnar has] always been the guy who picked his fights. He says he doesn’t pick his fights, they give him whoever they wanted but I think stylistically it’s a good fight for him,” Nelson said. “It’s a striker versus grappler. If it’s on the feet, it’s all Mark. If it gets to the ground, Brock has a chance. It’s simple. It’s not like rocket science or anything.”
While Nelson has his own fight a couple of days ahead of Lesnar, “Big County” says that he is looking forward to the return of “The Beast.”
“But for myself, it’s one of those fights, any time Brock fights I want to watch.”