UFC 200: Brock Lesnar beats Mark Hunt in return to the octagon

Sunday July 10th, 2016

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Arguably the highlight of the UFC 200 at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas was the return of former heavyweight champion and WWE Superstar Brock Lesnar. He drew Mark Hunt, a lethal striker with one-punch knockout power.

Lesnar stuck to his trademark style of fighting, going for the take down and grinding out his opponents, using his superior wrestling skills. In the first round Lesnar was able to control Hunt and get him to the ground repeatedly and at will, but couldn't finish the fight with the ground-and-pound.

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Lesnar​ appeared to be losing control of the fight in the second round, as Hunt settled in and was able to get a hold of the rhythm. He successfully defended Lesnar's multiple takedown attempts in the second round while landing some significant strikes.

But the third round was all Lesnar, as he got Hunt down early in the fight and took a mounted position to keep Hunt on the ground while raining down fists from multiple positions. Lesnar looked close to getting the stoppage at several points but the fight ultimately went to the judges' scorecards. Lesnar won the fight by a unanimous decision.

After the bout, Lesnar was gracious in the ring, admitting it took him a while to get acclimated. It was a somewhat humble Lesnar UFC fans weren't accustomed to seeing, and one who was showing some significant emotion during the interview.

It still remains to be seen if Lesnar will fight again in the UFC, but beating a top-10 ranked heavyweight has fans looking for another run out of him. For now, he returns to the WWE to compete at SummerSlam.

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