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UFC 200: Brock Lesnar beats Mark Hunt in return to MMA

Brock Lesnar celebrates after defeating Mark Hunt during

Brock Lesnar celebrates after defeating Mark Hunt during their heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 200, Saturday, July 9, 2016, in Las Vegas. ( Credit: AP / John Locher

LAS VEGAS — Brock Lesnar returned from a 4 1/2-year UFC absence with a unanimous-decision victory over Mark Hunt at UFC 200 on Saturday night.

The hulking Lesnar (6-3) was the greatest curiosity on the card. The pro wrestler earned his first mixed martial arts victory since July 2010, dominating Hunt with wrestling skill and sheer mass.

Lesnar made a UFC-record $2.5 million guaranteed purse for his first bout since late 2011, returning to the sport where he won and lost the heavyweight title during a meteoric MMA career. Although he walked away after consecutive losses and health problems, he repeatedly considered a return while racking up easier money in the WWE.

The main-event star of UFC 100 finally seized the opportunity to be on another landmark show, and his performance showed that his inimitable athleticism hadn’t diminished. Lesnar never wandered into trouble against knockout artist Hunt, repeatedly taking down his veteran opponent and keeping him pinned to the canvas.

Lesnar dominated the final three minutes, punishing a prone Hunt with his cartoon-sized fists. All three judges awarded the bout to Lesnar, 29-27.

New York Sports