Every fan had the same reaction as Brock Lesnar's voice echoed across the arena at the end of the UFC 200 promo: "CAN YOU SEE ME NOW?!"
People sat there simply shocked, confused, and, most of all, excited. Joe Rogan's (who was in the dark about the surprise) reaction was real and summed it up best, as all he could muster up was: "what does that mean?" and "is this real?!" It wasn't the most articulate reaction to promote Lesnar's return, but it conveyed the raw sentiments of everyone in the arena and everybody watching on PPV.
Now that it's had some time to sink in, MMA fans are fired up for the return of The Beast. Part of the excitement has to do with his opponent, Mark Hunt. Many MMA pundits figured Lesnar was coming back for a "squash match," where he'd overwhelm a helpless opponent and then proceed to make his way back to WWE for SummerSlam, which is far from the case. Mark Hunt is currently the eighth ranked UFC Heavyweight and a formidable foe. One thing that Lesnar's detractors have always said is that: "Brock doesn't like to get hit."
That is a very vague and simplistic statement. What they mean is that when Lesnar gets tagged hard, he tends to go into a retreat mode and/or turtle up, rather than bite down on his mouth piece and respond with a strike of his own. This could be a problem as Hunt is one of the heaviest hitters in the world. But Lesnar has way more ways to win this fight.
Let's dive right into it! Here are the top 15 reasons why Brock Lesnar will destroy Mark Hunt.
15 Gas Tank
We've all heard it before, that big muscles require a lot of oxygen, which results in fighters that are "jacked" getting tired quickly. Well, there is not a fighter on the planet that is more jacked than Brock Lesnar. However, while this notion may be true to a degree, Lesnar has found a way to slap the theory in the face. Let's take a gander at some of his past performances.
14 Hunt's Takedown Defence
11 Mark Hunt's Ground Game
10 Lesnar is Exceptional in the Mounted Position
There's no question that Lesnar is far better on the ground and a lot of these entries will discuss that, along with why those skills with help Lesnar defeat Mark Hunt. Here, we'll take a look at Lesnar's top game.
9 Big Fight Experience
8 The Arm Triangle
Every single time Brock Lesnar fights, Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg bring up the fact that he: "moves like a lightweight," It's absolutely incredible that a heavyweight that actually needs to cut weight to make the 265 pound limit can move that nimbly. Lesnar would have a speed advantage against other heavyweights that are actually considered "fast." Mark Hunt is not considered a quick-moving fighter by any means and the disparity is going to be quite apparent.
This one is a no brainer as Brock Lesnar is gigantic, even for a heavyweight. As mentioned above, he needs to cut weight to make the 265 cut off. Along with his freakish reach, he also stands six foot three and has already demonstrated a variety of disturbing feats of strength in the cage. His opponent is surely going for a ride once he gets "underhooks" or is deep on a double/single leg takedown. How exactly is he so proficient at these freestyle wrestling techniques?
5 Combination of Speed and Size
4 (Actual) Wrestling Pedigree
Brock Lesnar compiled an insane 106-5 record as a collegiate freestyle wrestler and was the NCAA Division 1 Champion in 2000. He was well on his way to the Olympics before Vince McMahon presented him with an opportunity to become a WWE talent...ah, who are we kidding? McMahon presented him with a big fat check. Nevertheless, he was lured over to the world of professional wrestling when he was one of the best freestyle wrestlers in the world. Once he began his UFC career, it was abundantly clear that Lesnar still had his amateur wrestling skills in his arsenal as he'd take people to the ground at will.
3 No USADA Testing For Lesnar
Over the past year, we've seen mind blowing transformations in regards to the physique of fighters. There has been a huge stream of fighters that have been caught using performance enhancing drugs since the implementation of random drug testing (USADA). Basically, the athletic commissions were absolutely useless when it came to testing fighters for PEDs, so the UFC brought in USADA on their own buck.
If a retired fighter wishes to return to competition, the protocol is that he/she must give USADA a four month "heads up" before their actual match takes place. The four month buffer is so that they can make sure that the fighter is clean prior to the contest...that's all fine and well, but UFC 200 is in less than a month.
2 Sticking To The Game Plan
In Brock Lesnar's first interview after the news was revealed that he would indeed be fighting at UFC 200, he made no delusions about his game plan. He maintained that this was a style vs. style fight, how the UFC originated; with obviously Lesnar being the grappler and Hunt being the striker.
Brock Lesnar revealed in a sit down interview with Paul Heyman that he was never at peace with the way his UFC career ended. The main reason was because he went out on two losses and did not feel like his opponents beat him, as he felt that he lost to diverticulitis instead. He felt as though he never got to perform to his full capabilities because he was in constant discomfort.
As we speak, Lesnar claims that he is 100% healthy and that his main motivation is that he wants to see what he's capable of with a clean bill of health. If Lesnar was able to reach such levels of success while battling diverticulitis, can you imagine what he'll be like when he's healthy?
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