Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt Results
Brock Lesnar is back.
The massive former heavyweight champion, fighting inside the Octagon for the first time in over four years, made his return in fantastic fashion, dominating Mark Hunt en route to a unanimous decision victory at UFC 200 on Saturday night.
Lesnar, who has spent the last couple of years with the WWE inside the squared circle, put on an incredible display of power to stop Hunt’s two-fight winning streak.
Going into the fight, we knew the former D-1 wrestling champion would be going for takedowns, while Hunt would go for knockout punches.
Lesnar was successful in his strategy in the first round, taking Hunt to the floor on three separate occasions and landing a flurry of ground-and-pound on the last one.
Hunt defended the takedown much better in the second round, but it was a mostly nondescript three minutes of action before Lesnar got back to his dominance in the final round. He took Hunt to the canvas a final time, wailing on him for several minutes until the final bell. While the 42-year-old New Zealand native exhibited excellent toughness to stay in the fight, Lesnar did enough to secure the dominant victory.
It’ll be interesting to see where Lesnar goes from here. He’s still involved with the WWE, but he proved Saturday night that he belongs right in the thick of the heavyweight title picture.
Fighting inside the Octagon for the first time since December 2011, and looking for his first win since July 2010, Lesnar enters Saturday’s fight against Mark Hunt as an underdog.
But who cares?
Lesnar was a massive draw–literally–during his days in the UFC. One of the most physically gifted athletes the sports world has ever seen, the controversial big man showcased a rare amalgam of size, agility and crushing power. Even if he’s not expected to win, he’s a sight to behold every time he steps inside the Octagon. And the fact he’s been away for nearly five years only adds to the allure.
Moreover, a fight against Hunt is compelling, as it features two contrasting fight styles.
Lesnar, a former D-1 wrestling champ, wants to get the fight to the ground. He averaged 3.87 takedowns per fight during his first stint with UFC, winning most of his fights via submission or ground-and-pound.
Hunt, on the other hand, is a knockout machine. Boasting the kind of power capable of flooring anyone with one punch, the Super Samoan has won six of his seven UFC fight via KO or TKO.
Whoever can dictate the pace of fight should walk away a winner, and it’s going to be a scintillating battle with explosive potential.