When K-1 veteran Mark Hunt was announced as the opponent for Brock Lesnar's comeback fight at UFC 200, many fans and pundits believed the former UFC champion and current WWE superstar has bitten off a little more than he could chew. Lesnar, who has shown vulnerability to punches in the past, is thought to be the big underdog against seasoned kickboxer Hunt when it comes to the striking department.
However, Lesnar's BJJ coach Rodrigo "Comprido" Medeiros doesn't think so at all. He even claims that Lesnar has a chance of knocking out the Samoan power puncher.
"I see him winning on the ground, by submission, but anything can happen," "Comprido" told MMAFighting.com. "Mark Hunt is one of the best strikers in the UFC, but Brock has heavy hands, too. A grappler like Brock, if one hand lands clean, he can knock you out, or Mark Hunt can get a good position on the ground and submit him. Logic says that Mark Hunt has the advantage standing, and Brock's advantage is on the ground, but we've seen many times that anything can happen. We saw what happened at Fedor's fight against Fabio Maldonado. You're the favorite until the cage is closed.
"Is Mark Hunt a tough fight? Yes, he is," Medeiros continued. "I don't even need to say. If one hand lands... But it wouldn't make sense if it wasn't a fight like this. It's a wrestler against a striker, and that's nice. It's a fight that makes sense. That's what he wants. He wants to test himself against a high level opponent. He doesn't want to fight a nobody. He wants someone that adds something to his career, otherwise he wouldn't train as hard and as motivated as he's training. Mark Hunt is a dangerous fight, and we know that, but I'm 100 percent confident."
Brock Lesnar will make his comeback to fighting after an over four-year absence at UFC 200 on July 9. The former NCAA Division I standout has lost his last two bouts under the UFC banner against Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem, both due to strikes. UFC 200 will take place at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, NV and is headlined by a light-heavyweight title rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones.