During UFC 199, it was revealed that Brock Lesnar will be returning to the sport of MMA. He will be taking on Mark Hunt in the co-main event of UFC 200. The news was shocking, but it made perfect sense.
Without Conor McGregor, UFC 200 wasn’t going to do incredible PPV numbers. However, by replacing McGregor with Lesnar, UFC 200 might just end up breaking the all-time PPV rating, which Brock set at UFC 100.
No one expected Brock to return to the UFC because he is still under contract with the WWE. Brock has been out of MMA since 2011. The Beast Incarnate has remained relevant thanks to his most recent run in the WWE.
While most of us here love professional wrestling, most MMA fans disregard the scripted sport. Nonetheless, the toughness of the WWE Superstars cannot be underestimated. With that being said, Brock Lesnar will finally be able to strike another human being in the face as hard as he can.
UFC 200 is going to be absolutely incredible. The event was already going to be awesome, but the addition of Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt takes this card to a whole new level. There are so many reasons to be pumped up for Brock’s return to the UFC. Unfortunately, there are many reasons to be a bit mad as well. Wrestling fans can be a stubborn and fickle bunch. We like things a certain way and we like our wrestlers to have certain priorities. Lesnar gets special treatment from WWE which upsets some fans. Some fans however will like that certain stars are part time and are put on a pedestal. Either way, this will show you both sides of the coin.
This list of the 8 Reasons We’re Happy To See Brock Lesnar Back in UFC and 8 Reasons Why We’re Mad will shed some light on both sides of our emotions.
8. Happy – The Publicity
Brock Lesnar is the only man in history to ever win the UFC Championship and WWE Championship. He’s extremely popular in both MMA and professional wrestling. Before Conor McGregor, Brock Lesnar was the original cash cow. Whenever Brock fought, millions of people watched on. Conor might be the new PPV king, but UFC 100 is still the highest selling PPV event of all time.
UFC 100 was held seven years ago, and it was headlined by the Beast Incarnate. Adding Brock Lesnar to the UFC 200 card was a brilliant idea. UFC 200 was in dire need of a big name, and it wasn’t long until Brock Lesnar was called in. Whether he wins or loses, Brock Lesnar will help the UFC break the all time PPV record. This will also be good for WWE, as if Lesnar has a great showing, it further legitimizes WWE athletes.
8. Mad – He Should Be Performing inWWE
Brock Lesnar should be wrestling in the WWE rather than fighting in the UFC. Brock is already one of the least active workers in history. The WWE fans miss him dearly since he disappeared months ago. It’s clear that Brock isn’t a loyal man.
He gained his celebrity status in the WWE, but he’s never there. Training for a UFC fight takes months, and injuries could occur before or during the fight. If something unfortunate were to happen to Brock, he’d be forced to spend more time away from the WWE. He shouldn’t be wasting his time on a UFC comeback. Besides, Brock is 38 years old. He’s well past his prime and has little left in the tank. Why risk fighting at such an advanced age when WWE has given you everything you’ll ever need?
7. Happy – He’s Healthy
In 2008, Brock Lesnar was the baddest dude in the UFC. He was the Heavyweight Champion. He talked the talk, and he walked the walk. Even though Brock wasn’t the most seasoned fighter, he took on all comers.
He fought and won the title from UFC legend Randy Couture. Brock defended the title twice. Unfortunately, Brock was sidelined multiple times due to an illness known as diverticulitis. Brock was never truly 100% healthy after winning the title. Nonetheless, he proved just how badass he was by fighting anyway.
Today, many years since his last fight, Brock Lesnar is completely healthy. The Beast Incarnate is ready to wreak havoc on his next opponent. He can finally fight without being hindered by a serious illness.
7. Mad – Dana White Is Setting Him Up For Disaster
Brock Lesnar made the UFC millions of dollars from 2008-2011. He is the biggest draw of all time, and his PPV record has yet to be broken. He’s a crossover superstar in both the WWE and the UFC.
Brock’s most recent run in sports entertainment was undoubtedly his most dominant. Vince McMahon built up Lesnar as an indestructible force.
At UFC 200, Brock Lesnar will be taking on Mark Hunt. This matchup will most likely end terribly for Lesnar, and it’s all Dana White’s fault. It’s a bit odd that the UFC President chose the hardest striker in the heavyweight division to welcome Brock back into the Octagon after a five year layoff.
Nonetheless, Brock Lesnar is a beast, and he will fight whoever stands before him. However, why does his opponent have to be someone so dangerous? Brock could’ve taken on Frank Mir, Josh Barnett, or even Bigfoot Silva.
Mark Hunt is a top 10 heavyweight with dynamite in his hands. I have a feeling this isn’t going to end well for the Beast Incarnate.
6. Happy- To Watch Him Get Knocked Out Again
Over the last few years, Brock Lesnar has been painted as an unstoppable force. There is no greater conquered in the WWE. With that being said, Brock is much more vulnerable inside of the Octagon.
We all learned just how average of a fighter Brock really is when he took on Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem. He was knocked out in the first round in both fights. Unlike most wrestling fans who love Brock, most MMA fans enjoy watching him get his ass kicked. When Brock takes on Mark Hunt at UFC 200, he will most likely get knocked out cold once again. A devastating loss against the “Super Samoan” will have a huge negative impact on Brock’s WWE career, which brings me to my next point……
6. Mad – The WWE Superstars Will Be Devalued
Brock Lesnar is a destroyer in the WWE, but that’s not the case in the UFC. If Brock loses at UFC 200, will Brock’s WWE character remain as dominant as he once was? I believe so, and that’s very bad for business.
A loss for Brock hurts the entire WWE roster. Furthermore, a loss in the UFC will feed the notion that all WWE Superstars are just “fake” athletes who cannot fight for real. The WWE will lose even more credibility than it already has.
5. Happy – It’s Going To Be A Night To Remember
While the UFC 200 card is filled with the most talented fighters in the world, a true Superstar was needed to bring in the casual fans. Brock Lesnar was the only man for the job, and his fight against Mark Hunt will be memorable.
It has been over five years since we have seen Brock Lesnar fight for real. Just watching him enter the arena and pace around the octagon before the fight even starts will be exciting. There is only one Brock Lesnar, and anyone who is a fan of his cannot miss this fight. There will be plenty of WWE fans that will be watching this closely.
5. Mad- He Isn’t The Greatest Fighter
Brock Lesnar returning to the UFC isn’t a huge deal for true MMA fans. As stated several times throughout this article, Brock Lesnar isn’t a great fighter. To be honest, he’s average at best. To make things even worse, Brock hasn’t fought in five years, and he’s going up against a bomber in his first fight back.
Most MMA fans will probably look at the Lesnar vs. Hunt fight as a freak-show or publicity stunt. Brock’s striking skills are extremely limited, and he has been known to gas rather quickly. Lesnar’s return to the UFC will be short lived. Many wrestling fans may not see things this way. They just see Lesnar as this unstoppable force. Wrestling fans like to suspend their disbelief, but seeing and/or being reminded of how average of a fighter he is, WWE fans’ bubbles will be burst, which we don’t want.
4. Happy- He Comes To Fight
Even though Brock isn’t the most skilled fighter, his willingness to fight the toughest heavyweights should not be overlooked. At the end of the day, Brock Lesnar comes to fight. He’s never ducked a single opponent, and he even continued his fighting career when he was suffering from diverticulitis.
Win, lose or draw, Brock Lesnar will be in Mark Hunt’s face every second of their fight. The WWE fans already view Brock as an unstoppable destroyer, but it’s the MMA fans who should appreciate Brock’s contribution to the sport. Lesnar could have easily just stayed in the WWE and earned millions of dollars for “fake” fighting. Instead, Brock is tough enough to slug it out with one of the hardest punching humans on earth.
4. Mad – He’s All About The Money
Brock is a tough S.O.B, but I have a feeling that he’s only fighting in the UFC for one more giant paycheck. At 38 years old, it’s hard to imagine Brock having another successful title run in the UFC.
Dana White made Brock a very lucrative offer, and he accepted it. However, the WWE could have used Brock during the months following WrestleMania. Most of the major Superstars were out of action due to injury, and Brock was on vacation.
It’s not hard to doubt Lesnar’s loyalty to the WWE. He’s left the company a few times in the past, but this time it’s purely for money. Of course, it should be noted that Brock is scheduled to perform at SummerSlam. Let’s just hope that he isn’t too banged up from his fight with Mark Hunt.
3. Happy – He’s A Former Champion
The UFC is the most popular MMA organization in the world today. Aside from Conor McGregor, no one can move the PPV needle like Brock Lesnar.
Unlike CM Punk, Brock Lesnar had some credibility when he joined the UFC. He won the NCAA Division 1 Heavyweight Championship in 2000. He’s also freakishly strong and very athletic.
In 2008, he became the UFC Heavyweight Champion by knocking out Randy Couture in the second round. When Brock fights at UFC 200, the world will see the former UFC Heavyweight Champion do battle one more time. It could be the last time that he ever steps foot inside of the octagon.
3. Mad – He’ll Most Likely Lose
Brock is undoubtedly one of the strongest and most athletic individuals who has ever competed in the UFC. With that being said, Brock will probably lose his fight at UFC 200. There are a few fighters who Brock Lesnar should’ve been matched up against, and Mark Hunt isn’t one of them. Hunt is one of the hardest strikers in UFC history. Whatever he hits, he destroys. If Brock Lesnar can’t take Mark Hunt down, the Beast Incarnate will most likely be put to sleep in the first round of his highly anticipated comeback fight.
Why should wrestling fans be upset about this? Well, again, it doesn’t do the business many favors and the fact that he’s under contract to WWE should be where Lesnar’s loyalty lies. Protect the business.
2. Happy – Lesnar vs. Hunt Is An Exciting Matchup
Brock Lesnar will literally be walking into a battle for life and death when he takes on Mark Hunt. One shot from Hunt can end anyone’s night. The fact that Brock took this fight is amazing. This matchup is a true crowd pleaser, and a victory for either fighter will be satisfying for the fans.
It would be an unforgettable sight to behold if Brock can take out Mark Hunt in dominant fashion. On the other hand, it would be crazy to see Brock Lesnar laying unconscious after getting hit with a bomb. Anyone who isn’t excited for this fight should check their pulse to make sure that they’re alive.
Even if you’re a casual MMA observer, or a loyal wrestling fan, this fight is worth checking out. It likely won’t last long and you’ll get a quick fill of entertainment.
2. Mad – He’s Going To Be Rusty
Brock Lesnar hasn’t fought in the UFC since 2011. He suffered from a debilitating illness that almost killed him, and he decided to stop fighting altogether because of the disease. Brock is no longer sick, but he’s spent far too much time away from the sport.
On the other hand, Mark Hunt has been pretty active over the last few years. In fact, he knocked out Frank Mir just a couple of months ago. Hunt is a deadly opponent with over two decades of experience. He’s also hungry for a win, and this will be his biggest fight to date. I’m sure that Mark Hunt will train his hardest to be in the best condition possible.
Lesnar competes in physically grueling matches in WWE, but as we all know, there’s a huge difference between that and getting punched in the face for real.
1. Happy – A Victory at UFC 200 Would Make Him a True Conqueror
Brock Lesnar is a legitimate freak of nature, and that cannot be denied. If he somehow overpowers Mark Hunt and stops him, Lesnar’s stock in the WWE would skyrocket. Mark Hunt is one of the most skilled veterans in the sport of MMA. He is a top 10 heavyweight and a former K-1 World Grand Prix Champion.
Hunt is arguably the hardest striker in the UFC today, and he also possesses a chin of granite. Brock truly has a tough test in front of him. However, Brock can beat Mark Hunt with the correct game plan. The Beast Incarnate would need to utilize his superior wrestling ability and pound Hunt out with hard punches from the full mount.
Can you imagine the reception that Brock would get from the WWE crowd if he were to return victorious? A victory at UFC 200 would be an amazing accomplishment for Brock and it would be great for professional wrestling.
1. Mad – His WWE Stock Will Fall Drastically if He Loses
A loss for Brock Lesnar at UFC 200 would completely destroy his gimmick. Brock is the only man to defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania. He’s been unstoppable for the last two years.
No one has been able to pin Brock or beat him clean since WrestleMania XXIX. However, all of Brock’s credibility will be flushed down the toilet if he loses at UFC 200. The WWE fans won’t take the Beast seriously if he gets dominated and knocked out cold. Brock might as well just retire from the WWE if he suffers another crushing defeat in the UFC.
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