The wait had barely begun, but Brock Lesnar’s opponent at UFC 200 has been confirmed.
Lesnar – whose one-off appearance at the bicentennial show was confirmed at UFC 199 at the weekend – will enter the Octagon at the T-Mobile Arena to face heavy hitter Mark Hunt.
As reported by MMA Junkie, Lesnar and Hunt are now the co-main event on July 9, with Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones fighting for the undisputed light heavyweight belt atop the bill.
New Zealand fighter Hunt, who has Samoan heritage, will step into the cage in good form, having won his two previous fights – including an uncompromising knockout of Lesnar nemesis Frank Mir in Brisbane.
The news was broken by 38-year-old Lesnar himself on ESPN’s SportsCenter this morning.
He told Hannah Storm that he regretted ‘closing the door’ on MMA:
I couldn’t live with that decision. It was the hardest decision for me to make. That decision has haunted me for the last 15 months. I figured I couldn’t live like that for the rest of my life. I’m a big believer in living out your dreams and facing your fears.
The fight announcement is going down pretty well with fans and pundits alike…
UFC 200 is loaded. Probably the best card the UFC has ever put together on paper. Amazing card. pic.twitter.com/N2CLQE0lU5
— Adam Martin (@MMAdamMartin) June 6, 2016
'UFC 200 isn't that great. It could be better. UFC 100 was more stacked. I'm skipping it.' Shut up. pic.twitter.com/20fD4v057g
— Dann Stupp (@DannStupp) June 6, 2016
Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt feels like a gift from the MMA gods. From high atop Mt. Xyience, they have looked down upon us and found us good.
— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) June 6, 2016
BROCK LESNAR VS MARK HUNT, I KNEW IT, LET'S DO THE DAMN THING!
— Max (@SFAVerdi) June 6, 2016
BROCK LESNAR FIGHTING MARK HUNT AT #UFC200!
HOW DID I ONLY HEAR THIS NOW!?
I'M SO GASSED!!!!
— JΛY BUCKS 🇦🇺 (@TheMasterBucks) June 6, 2016
Hunt is already being tipped for the victory by a few…
Although some were left moderately disappointed by the announcement…
— Carlin Bardsley (@CarlinBardsley) June 6, 2016
So Lesnar vs Hunt at UFC 200, who wins that fight?