Lesnar vs Hunt – The Beast is on The Hunt!!!

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So guys, Brock Lesnar, the beast incarnate, is slated to return to the Octagon on Saturday night. This is happening for real. He is going to face ‘The Super Samoan’ Mark Hunt, the 42-year-old semi-truck of a man who excels at the most casual sort of ultra-violence. This bout was scheduled as the co-main event initially. However, after Jon Jones tested positive for PEDs, his fight was removed from the card and ‘Lesnar vs Hunt’ was moved upto the main event status. But the former legendary middleweight champion Anderson Silva stepped in to fight Daniel Cormier for a non-title bout in the Light Heavyweight division on just 2 days notice and therefore Daniel Cormier was restored on the card. UFC then took a step back and reviewed the UFC 200 card and decided to make some changes. They ended up with this:

  • Main Event: Tate vs Nunes (UFC Women Bantamweight Champion)
  • Co-main Event: Lesnar vs Hunt (Heavyweight Bout)
  • Aldo vs Edgar (UFC Interim Featherweight Championship)
  • Cormier vs Silva
  • Velasquez vs BrowneSo, let’s take a look at Mark Hunt first. Mark Hunt is a huge heavyweight who was born in New Zealand but lives in Sydney, Australia. He was the winner of 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix which clearly shows that he has a very solid background in Kickboxing. He has fought all over the world during his career in different promotions which include K-1, PRIDE, DREAM, Dynamite, but he is presently fighting in the UFC.

    Mark Hunt’s trademark is his ‘Walk-off KO’ which means that he does not attack his grounded opponent after knocking him down. He is known as one of the greatest Knock out artists to have ever stepped into the octagon. There has rarely been any mixed martial artist with the knock out power that Mark Hunt possesses. Not just the knock out power, he possesses ‘One punch knockout power’ which means that  he connects with one big strike, his opponent hits the canvas and he walks off without any further attacks and then the referee officially ends the match declaring him the winner by KO/TKO. His knockout power was truly tested when he faced Roy Nelson, an opponent with the knockout power just like himself, and he knocked out Roy Nelson in second round to win a Performance of the Night bonus.

    What Mark Hunt brings to the table is experienced striking and kickboxing. He has done it his whole life. These two things were enough to make him a great striker at K-1, but when he entered in MMA, he really struggled in the early going because of weaknesses in his takedown defense, submission defense and ground game due to which six out of his total ten losses are by submission. However, he has worked diligently on his takedown defense as well as his ground game. His MMA record now stands at 12 wins, 10 losses and 1 draw, whereas, at one time, it was 5wins and 7 losses. In his last 11 fights, he has 7 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw. He is currently on a 2 fight win streak after beating Antonio Silva and the former two time UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir.

    Mark Hunt clearly stated his game plan for Brock Lesnar recently; he said that “I just care about knocking his face off come July 9. I don’t care what he does afterward.” Let’s see if it works for him in the cage or not.

    As far as Brock Lesnar is concerned, he does not need any introduction. He is a former NCAA Division 1 Heavyweight Champion which clearly states that he has a wrestling background. He then signed with WWE to become a three time WWE Heavyweight Champion. He left WWE in 2004 to sign a deal with Minnesota Vikings of NFL but left it and signed with K-1’s MMA league, Hero’s for just one fight. After a victory in his debut, he joined UFC and lost in his debut against Frank Mir. He became only the second man after Randy Couture to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion in just four professional fights. He defended his title against Frank Mir and Shane Carwin before losing it to Cain Velasquez. He then faced Alistair Overeem and lost via TKO in the first round due to a liver kick and immediately announced his retirement from MMA on December 30, 2011 with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses. Now he is set to return against Mark Hunt at UFC 200.

    Brock Lesnar is known for his elite level wrestling, vicious ground and pound, raw power, brutal force, freak athleticism and extremely fast movement. He recently earned a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well. His game plan is quite simple and predictable. He comes out strong, looks for the takedown, controls his opponent on the ground and beats him by ground and pound.

    It is a well known fact that he does not like to get hit, especially in the face. Whenever he gets hit in the face, he crumbles and tries to run away from his opponent instead of effectively defending himself or firing back at his opponent. His last three fights against Shane Carwin, Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem clearly expose his weaknesses in the striking game. He not only lacks striking defense, but he is also a very slow striker and a poor counter-puncher and his leg kicks are not very effective as well.

    That is the reason that makes Mark Hunt a very dangerous opponent for Brock Lesnar, because Mark Hunt has tons of experience in striking, he has the one punch knockout power like no one else ever had, and he has good takedown defense as well. And that is the reason why most of the fighters and experts are rooting for Mark Hunt in this fight and they are expecting that Brock Lesnar is going to be smoked at UFC 200. But this is the fight game and anything can happen. Let’s see what happens on July 9th when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? I genuinely don’t know, and that’s what’s so fun about all of this.

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