Brock Lesnar is now officially back fighting for the UFC (one fight deal of course) and is scheduled to meet Mark Hunt at UFC 200. Lesnar announced the news on ESPN SportsCenter this morning.
UFC 200 will be held on July 9, 2016 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will be the first that the organization has hosted at T-Mobile Arena, which opened in April 2016. It will take place during the UFC’s annual International Fight Week and mark the second time the UFC will host three events in consecutive days.
Lesnar (5-3 MMA) has not competed in MMA since his TKO loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 in 2011. Lesnar won the UFC heavyweight title by defeating current champion Randy Couture at UFC 91 in November 15, 2008. He would go onto defend the title twice against Frank Mir at UFC 100 and Shane Carwin at UFC 116.
Speculation about a return to MMA lasted until March 24, 2015, when Lesnar announced in an interview on SportsCenter that he had re-signed with WWE and officially closed the door on a return to MMA, even though he was offered a deal “ten times more” than what he had made previously in his MMA career. He further elaborated that, while he was training for months for a return to the UFC, he felt “physically great but something was lacking mentally”.
Hunt (12-10-1 MMA) is riding a two fight winning streak following a TKO loss to now UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in May 2015. A TKO win over Bigfoot Silva at UFC 193 was followed up with a KO win over Frank Mir at UFC Fight Night 85 earning Hunt a ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus.
With this fight announcement, UFC 200 now looks like this:
Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Jon Jones (ic)
Brock Lesnar vs. TBA
Miesha Tate (c) vs. Amanda Nunes
José Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar
Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne
Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Peña
Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assunção
Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marín
Gegard Mousasi vs. Derek Brunson
Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon
Jim Miller vs. Takanori Gomi