Lesnar set to end five-year layoff at UFC 200
By Martin Foley
We found out that former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was returning to the cage at UFC 200 when he stated “and I’m back” during a video promo at UFC 199.
Today fans found out on SportsCenter that Lesnar will end his five-year hiatus against fan favorite and UFC veteran Mark Hunt, who awaits Lesnar in his thirteenth career UFC fight.
Hunt comes into the bout as a clear favorite against the long-time WWE superstar, with Hunt knocking out each of his last two opponents. Although the 42-year-old Hunt has a lackluster 12-10-1 record, three of his four losses in the UFC have come against former or eventual champions of the heavyweight division.
On July 9 at UFC 200, Lesnar will end a five-year, eight-month, 16-day layoff. For perspective, Sage Northcutt, who will also be fighting on UFC 200 against Enrique Martin, was 14 years old and was about three years away from making his amateur debut at the time of Lesnar’s last fight.
Lesnar took the MMA scene by storm when defeating UFC legend Randy Couture for the UFC heavyweight title despite a lack of experience with only three professional fights prior. Lesnar defended his title twice against Frank Mir and Shane Carwin, before losing back-to-back fights leading Lesnar to press pause on his MMA career and return to the WWE.
Both Hunt and Lesnar combine for 80 years in age, however the battle will likely drive pay-per-view sales in an exciting co-main event featuring a kickboxer vs. grappler matchup.
The contest joins a stacked UFC 200 lineup that is headlined by Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier in a unification bout for the light heavyweight championship. Other notable fights include Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne, Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar for the interim featherweight title, and Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes for the women’s bantamweight title.
Martin Foley is a contributing writer for MMA for Frontproof Media. Foley works in public relations while taking classes towards his master's degree in strategic communication. You can follow Martin on Twitter @mart_fo.