Brock Lesnar has heard the criticism. The former UFC heavyweight champion might be embarking on somewhat of a legitimate comeback.
"It is hard to talk about", Lesnar said at the time. But, I mean, getting hit in the face and everywhere, the body, is part of what we're used to. "I have no idea". I never say never. According to the UFC database, Hunt's striking is only 45% successful; if Lesnar's footwork is what it used to be, there will be a chance to neutralise the New Zealander's major weapon. Brock blamed it on his struggles with Diver...divertac...a digestive condition that I can't spell, and said: "tonight was the last time you'll see me in the octagon". "After Saturday, I think I'm booked for August".
Lesnar was a man resigned to MMA retirement last March when he went on ESPN and announced he had signed a contract extension with WWE. Since his one and only match against The Beast, Orton has gone on to win an incredible 12 World Titles, establishing himself as one of the most decorated Superstars of his generation.
"Not very long. I wasn't sure if it was even going to happen so I don't remember the date, but I've been training four or five weeks", Lesnar said. "I was on UFC 100; it's a special honor to be here for UFC 200". It wasn't like I just called all these people up.
Lesnar, 38, returns to the Octagon for his first fight since his 2011 retirement.
Time will tell, but it seems that Lesnar is under no illusion that he is a complete mixed martial artist, and he's planning to use the skills he knows best to nullify the threat that Hunt presents him. It's unclear where he is now as a fighter, but the one thing he said will not affect him is his health. Suffering from diverticulitis, he made a decision to step away from the sport.
"It's no mystery that I was forced out of this competition because of an illness I had", the former NCAA Division I wrestling champion said.
UFC 200 will be an incredible event!