Mark Hunt Responds To Brock Lesnar’s Bold UFC 200 Fight Prediction
The countdown is on to the highly anticipated UFC 200 card, with the pay per view now officially under a month away.
Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier may very well be the main event, but the co-main event between former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and our very own Mark Hunt is sure to be the real draw card.
Lesnar has not competed in mixed martial arts for over 4 years and is coming off two brutal TKO losses to Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem.
Hunt on the other hand, is coming in with back to back walk off knockouts.
But despite coming in as a clear underdog, Lesnar made some bold statements about his upcoming fight.
Speaking to ESPN, Lesnar said this would be a bout between two fight styles.
“I’m a grappler at heart, he’s a heavy hitter and that’s what the people want to see, ” Lesnar said.
“The UFC ultimately culminated because we’re going to put guys with opposing disciplines against each other. I think I match up very well. Obviously, I need to work on my stand up game but I’m excited and enthusiastic of doing so. That’s the difference.”
When asked how he predicts the fight to play out, Lesnar believes there is only one outcome if Hunt ends up on the ground.
“If Mark Hunt ends up on the ground, the fight’s over.
“He’s a heavy hitting, hard headed human being and hopefully my athleticism and my Octagon awareness and all those things and my wrestling background can play a key factor in me winning this fight.”
Earlier this year, we saw Jon Jones return to the octagon, after 12 months out of the fight game due to a suspension. Fighting the relatively unknown Ovince Saint Preux, Jones looked a shadow of his former self, clearly hampered by some ring rust.
Despite his confidence, Lesnar admitted that he will have some ring rust.
“Is there going to be some ring rust? Are you out of your f—ing mind? Of course there is, ” Lesnar said. “But maybe Mark Hunt can knock it out of me in the first 10 seconds and then he’s going to get his ass whooped.”
Talking with MarkHunt.TV in a phone interview from Las Vegas today, the Super Samoan addressed Lesnar’s comments.
“Look, I think Brock is going to do what he says he’s going to do, and that’s try to get me to the ground.” Hunt said. “I’m an ex K1 kickboxing world champ, so it’s no secret that stand up is my thing.”
“But he has to remember that he’s not the first guy I’ve fought who wants to take me down, I’ve been used to that sort of thing since i first started in MMA, the key for him will be not getting his lips punched into the crowd when he tries.”
When pressed on how he saw the fight finishing, Hunt didn’t hold back.
“I’m going to do what I always do. Keep it simple and when I put my fists on his face it’s going to do more than shake the rust off, that’s it, he’ll be gone.” He said. “I don’t have anything against the guy or nothing but I think it’ll all be over within the first round.”