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.