“I like this matchup. We know that charisma and marketing skills carry weight in the UFC, so when I saw that Lesnar was coming back and that his opponent hadn’t been chosen yet, I thought they might pick someone he could beat more easily. But I was impressed with the Mark Hunt choice. He is a very tough guy who can make his return complicated… I think Lesnar will obviously try to get close and take him down and take the fight where hes strongest. He is very fast on the ground for his size. But Hunt is a very tough guy, with super heavy hands. It’s a dangerous fight for both, but I see more danger for Lesnar. Hunt is not just a skilled fighter; he knows how to knock people out. He’s got that timing. So when you fight a guy like him you have to be very careful because you can get knocked out at any minute.”
-Junior dos Santos, who was supposed to fight Brock Lesnar after The Ultimate Fighter 13, comments on Lesnar’s return against Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in an interview with MMAJunkie.com.
Penick’s Analysis: Lesnar-Hunt is absolutely a more dangerous fight for Lesnar than many expected the UFC to give him when the announcement was made Saturday night. On the other note, that we never wound up getting Lesnar-JDS was a bit of a bummer, but given how much had been taken from Lesnar by diverticulitis at that point it would have been a slaughter. We still can’t be sure what to expect from Lesnar in this return next month, but if he comes in and takesee Hunt out with how much time he’s had away from the cage it will be a legitimate statement on his part.
[Junior dos Santos art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
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