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UFC 200 fight card primer: Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt

Bloody Elbow presents a preview of UFC 200 in our fight card primer series. Here we look at the co-main event between Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt.

In the co-main event of Saturday night's UFC 200: Tate vs. Nunes, former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) makes his return to the cage against the ever-dangerous Mark Hunt (12-10-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC). This 3-round main event has caught the interest of hardcore fight fans and casual cage fighting connoisseurs alike. Mark Hunt is currently ranked at #8 in the official UFC heavyweight rankings and the returning Brock Lesnar is currently unranked.

This is the typical striker vs. grappler match-up and all eyes will be on Brock Lesnar to see if he can return successfully from his self-imposed hiatus. The main card for UFC 200 airs on pay-per-view on Saturday, July 9th at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT.

How do these two stack up?

Lesnar: 38 years old | 6'3" | 81" reach
Hunt: 42 years old | 5'10" | 74" reach

What have these two done recently?

Lesnar:  L - Alistair Overeem (TKO) | L - Cain Velasquez (TKO) | W - Shane Carwin(SUB)
Hunt:  W - Frank Mir (KO) | W - Antonio Silva (TKO) | L - Stipe Miocic (TKO)

How did these two get here?

It has been a long road back to the UFC for Brock Lesnar. Following a 2011 defeat to Alistair Overeem, Lesnar hung up his gloves and returned to the WWE. And while comebacks were teased, it seemed like the former NCAA champ's time in the Octagon was passed. Lesnar's return has came completely from left-field and the former champion will be looking to showcase the skills that brought him victories over Randy Couture, Frank Mir and Shane Carwin.

While Lesnar has been over in suplex city, Mark Hunt has been waging a war of brutality against the heavyweight division.  Since 2010, Hunt has been putting on impressive performances in the UFC. And despite his age, the former K1 champion has made massive improvements in his game. Hunt's UFC tenure so far has been highlighted by knockouts over Frank Mir, Stefan Struve and Roy Nelson, as well as two impressive fights with Antonio Silva.

Why should you care?

This fight has two possible endings: the return of the beast or a walk-off knockout, and either of those things are worth tuning in for.

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