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Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt at UFC 200

Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar pauses for

Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar pauses for a photo after ruling out a return to mixed martial arts, ending three years of speculation about the biggest pay-per-view star in the sport's history, as he announced he had re-signed with WWE in an interview on ESPN's "SportsCenter," in Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Photo Credit: AP / Damian Dovarganes

Brock Lesnar will fight Mark Hunt at UFC 200, the former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE wrestler said Monday morning on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”

UFC 200 is scheduled for July 9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and is headlined by light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier against interim champion Jon Jones.

“It could be anybody,” Lesnar said about his opponent and return to the Octagon. “I didn’t care. That’s how simple it is. I’ve never turned down a fight in the UFC. I think I match up very well [with Hunt]. If Mark ends up on the ground, the fight’s over. Obviously, I need to work on my standup game, but I’m excited and enthusiastic about doing so. That’s the difference.”

Lesnar’s return to mixed martial arts was announced by the UFC on Saturday night during its UFC 199 pay-per-view event, shortly after the news of his return first was reported by Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com.

WWE said Saturday night that Lesnar was “granted a one-off opportunity” to return to Octagon for the July fight and that he would return for WWE’s SummerSlam on Aug. 21.

UFC 200 includes two additional title fights: Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo for the interim featherweight title, and Miesha Tate defends her women’s bantamweight championship against Amanda Nunes.

New York Sports