Brock Lesnar Beat Mark Hunt Via Unanimous Decision At #UFC200, Is An Unstoppable Human Wrecking Machine
I’ll be the first to admit that I was wary about Brock Lesnar returning to the octagon after a five year absence. Not only was he returning, but he was facing off against Mark Hunt, the #8 ranked Heavyweight in the UFC. This wasn’t Brock coasting his way back to UFC for a big payday; this was going to be a legitimate battle. What I failed to realize, even though it’s been proven time and time again, is that a 100% healthy Brock Lesnar is unlike anyone else on this planet. Brock exited the UFC in a way that he wasn’t happy with, so when the time came five years later to reconcile some of that defeat, he was ready. Lesnar dominated the 1st and 3rd rounds for a unanimous decision win, and for a man who’s turning 39 tomorrow, he has never looked better. The other winner after this outcome has to be Vince McMahon and the WWE. Letting Lesnar fight in UFC while under contract and advertising him for Summerslam just six weeks after the fight was a huge risk. If Lesnar loses, or gets hurt, not only is his appearance at the pay per view in jeopardy, but the mystique of Lesnar could have been damaged. Instead, Brock goes out and dominates, and now the most legitimate superstar in WWE history somehow got stronger. I’d bet the house that Paul Heyman (and maybe Brock himself) will be on Monday Night Raw ready to reclaim the squared circle.
BONES – Jon Jones is off UFC 200. In a stunning turn of events, the interim light heavyweight champion was pulled from the main event of UFC 200 late Wednesday night after being flagged in a random June 16 drug test administered by USADA. In Jones’ stead, a three-round fight between Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt will headline an event that was previously being touted as the biggest in UFC history.
There’s really no other way to react to this situation other than to say that it sucks. It sucks for diehard UFC fans who were ready for “the biggest event in UFC history”. It sucks for casual fans like myself who were tuning in to see a fight between two guys who legitimately seem to dislike each other. It sucks for Dana White. It sucks for all the fighters who didn’t get a chance to be on this card because Jones was. The list of why it sucks goes on and on. I respect the UFC and their fighters, but it boggles my mind that the main event for the biggest event in company history can be dismantled like this three days before the fight. I’m all for drug testing guys as stringently as possible, but isn’t there a way to be notified before July 6 that a guy failed a drug test on June 16th? I’m not familiar with the drug testing procedure in MMA, but this is a total kick to the balls for the UFC, and it’s doubly as bad when you remember Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz were also supposed to be on the card. Thank God for Brock Lesnar, because without his fight against Mark Hunt, I really don’t know what the drawing power for this event would be.