Brock Lesnar's return to the UFC was successful, if not all that exciting. The WWE superstar and former UFC heavyweight champion returned to the Octagon tonight after a five-year absence, and completely shut down Mark Hunt's formidable striking game in the co-main event of UFC 200. Lesnar's wrestling and ground and pound were the difference, and he won a unanimous decision with three 30-26 scores.
The two men were very cautious early. The only real strikes for the first two minutes were a couple of Lesnar leg kicks. Finally Lesnar charged in for a takedown and got it, despite a Hunt cage grab. He was able to get another when Hunt got up, and he unloaded with punches and knees. Hunt scrambled up, but got taken down near the horn, with Lesnar in mount.
The second was a whooole lot of nothing. Lesnar circled and pawed while Hunt walked him down. Hunt barely threw at all though, looking for opportunities that weren't there. Lesnar tried for a few takedowns, none of which were successful. Rounds like that are very hard to score, because there was nothing between them.
After being warned for inactivity and extending his fingers, Lesnar got an early takedown in round three - right into mount. He opened up with ground and pound, also looking for an arm triangle choke. Hunt was eating big shots, but he was trying to throw back. He was trapped though, and there was nothing he could do. So they went the distance.