Brock Lesnar hadn’t won a UFC fight in six years entering Saturday’s UFC 200 event, and he walked away with a win over a top ten opponent in Mark Hunt.
It was impossible to know what to expect out of Lesnar given his four and a half year absence from the sport, and he came out looking extremely tentative, perhaps rightfully so. After blocking a few strike attempts from Hunt, Lesnar got the fight where he wanted it on the ground, and he spent the final minutes of the opening round delivering strikes and doing damage to the “Super Samoan.”
The second round saw both fighters disengage almost entirely, but Lesnar managed to score another big takedown in the third. He spent the rest of the round delivering punches from mount and half guard while half-heartedly looking to set up an arm triangle choke, and it was more than enough to take a decision victory.
It was, all things considered, as close to an optimal performance as anyone could have hoped to see from Lesnar. He picked up a massive win over a legitimately great heavyweight, leaving the door open to future fights in the Octagon, and he’s heading back to the WWE a bigger star with a win and no damage to speak of. The WWE likely couldn’t be happier, and Lesnar’s got career options from here.
[Brock Lesnar art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
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