“He’s a heavy hitter. I’m preparing to not take one of those shots. To answer that and to win this fight. Is he better than I am at stand up? Of course he is. Is he a better wrestler than me? Hell no. He’ll probably tell you that, too. That’s why we’re fighting. We’re going to see who the best man is with their disciplines on the night… I believe I was meant to be a fighter, an entertainer and absolutely it’s one of those things for me, I want to get back in. It’s no mystery that I was forced out of this competition because of an illness I had. I tried to be the competitor I wanted to be, but it’s kind of hard to do when you have a disease and you fight back from it. I’m in a whole different spot mentally and physically in my life right now. Before I became a 40 year old man, I want to get back in the cage.”
-On the UFC 200 media conference call last week, Brock Lesnar talked about his matchup with Mark Hunt and his drive to get back after diverticulitis cut his first run short (via FoxSports.com).
Penick’s Analysis: Both Lesnar and Hunt know what they have to do in this fight. It’s been obvious from the moment the fight was announced, and neither of them has any delusions about what’s going to have to happen on July 9 for them to win. It’s as close to the classic striker vs. grappler fight as you’re going to get in 2016, and we’ll see one of them win out with their style.
[Brock Lesnar art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
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