Former heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar is making his long awaited return to the UFC with a heavyweight bout booked with Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in July.
Lesnar confirmed the bout on SportsCentre today after a trailer featuring the wrestling superstar aired during the UFC 199 Pay-Per-View.
Hunt is coming off a spectacular knock out of Frank Mir back in March while Lesnar hasn’t stepped inside the Octagon since December 2011 where he lost via first-round TKO to Alistair Overeem.
While many are questioning Lesnar’s ability to stand and trade with one of the best in the business, the former champ had this to say:
“If Mark Hunt ends up on the ground, the fight’s over,’’ he said. “Obviously I need to work on my stand-up game (though), but I’m excited and enthusiastic about doing so.”
UFC 200 is without a doubt, on paper, one of the best cards the promotion has put on since its inception. 21 of the 24 fighters appearing on the card have either headlined or been the co-main event of a UFC show. Incredible. Here’s how it looks:
Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones — light heavweight title
Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt
Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar — interim featherweight title
Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes — bantamweight title
Travis Browne vs. Cain Velasquez
Raphael Assuncao vs. T.J. Dillashaw
Derek Brunson vs. Gegard Mousasi
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Johny Hendricks
Julianna Pena vs. Cat Zingano
Takanori Gomi vs. Jim Miller
Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon
Enrique Marin vs. Sage Northcutt