Brock Lesnar set to return against Mark Hunt at UFC 200
<p><span >Brock Lesnar will be <a href="http://www.ufc.com/news/brock-lesnar-announces-octagon-return-ufc-200-june-6-2016">making his long-awaited return</a> to the octagon on the biggest card in UFC history this July.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span >It was announced during the UFC 199 PPV broadcast that the former heavyweight champion would be fighting at UFC 200 but no opponent had been confirmed yet for the bout. Lesnar appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Monday to discuss his return to MMA where he revealed that he would be facing perennial heavyweight contender Mark Hunt.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span >The bout will be Lesnar’s (5-3) first MMA fight since 2011 when he retired after losing to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141. Lesnar entered that bout after having undergone surgery to treat his chronic diverticulitis which had interfered with his ability to compete since 2009 and was largely the reason he chose to hang up the gloves. In 2012, Lesnar returned to the WWE to continue his pro-wrestling career for another three years before feeling the urge again to return to MMA. He is currently <a href="http://www.mmafighting.com/2016/6/5/11860794/wwe-releases-statement-on-brock-lesnar-competing-at-ufc-200">still under contract with the WWE</a> but has been granted a one-time opportunity by the promotion to compete at UFC 200.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span >Lesnar’s professional fighting career presents an impressive, one-of-a-kind story. The former NCAA Division I heavyweight wrestling champion left behind his pro-wrestling career in favor of mixed martial arts and competed among the elite of the elite in the UFC after just one pro bout. He signed with the UFC after his very first fight, which took place under the K-1 banner, and faced Frank Mir in his debut. Despite losing via submission in the first-round, Lesnar went on to win the heavyweight title over Hall of Famer Randy Couture in what was his fourth ever MMA fight and defended it against Frank Mir and Shane Carwin. </span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span >Mark Hunt (12-10-1) is coming off of back-to-back knockouts over Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Frank Mir. Prior to that, “The Super Samoan” suffered a loss to current heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic via TKO in the fifth round at UFC Fight Night 65 held in Adelaide, Australia. The 2001 K-1 Grand Prix winner also challenged for the interim heavyweight title when he accepted a short notice bout against Fabricio Werdum at high altitude in Mexico City. Despite dominating the first round, Hunt was knocked out by a spontaneous flying knee in the second. </span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span >UFC 200 takes place on July 9 during International Fight Week at the newly constructed T-Mobile Center in Las Vegas. The card will be headlined by a light-heavyweight title fight between rivals Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones.</span></p>
Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.