Former UFC title challenger Mark Hunt will square off with former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar in the co-main event of UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas.
The highly anticipated bout marks Lesnar’s first octagon appearance since suffering a TKO loss to Alistair Overeem in the main event of UFC 141.
Meanwhile, “The Super Samoan” is currently riding a two fight win streak, with both victories coming by form of first-round knockout over opponents Frank Mir and Antonio Silva.
Hunt was a recent guest on The MMA Hour where he talked about how his unexpected match with Lesnar came together:
“I heard about it the same time as everybody else did, pretty much,” Hunt explained recently on The MMA Hour. “… I actually guessed it was probably Brock a long time ago. I guessed it was him, but I was just told to stay ready for UFC 200. I didn’t realize it was Brock Lesnar until someone actually mentioned it, and I was like, oh wow. But I pretty much found out it was confirmed at the same time as everyone else did.”
It has been over four years since Lesnar last fought inside the octagon leaving many to wonder what he will bring to the table on July 9:
“He’s had four years off since his (last) fight, so I’m just looking forward to the match-up. It’s going to be a great fight and I’m not looking past Brock. He’s going to be a tough fight. He’s probably been training for ages. But, I mean, getting hit in the face and everywhere, the body, is part of what we’re used to. He should get used to it because I’m going to try to do a lot of that in the fight.”
As for how his fight with Brock will play out at UFC 200, Hunt responded with the following:
“I don’t know, to be honest,” Hunt said. “I mean, I’m hoping he comes in like a crazy man and then I put him to sleep. That’s basically what I hope is going to happen. But I don’t think he’s that stupid. I think he’s going to be a bit smarter and test the waters first, but we’ll see what happens on the night.”
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