Junior dos Santos seems to think Mark Hunt may violently spoil Brock Lesnar’s return to the UFC, and it sounds like Frank Mir is thinking the same.
As you know, earlier this week it was announced that Lesnar is returning to the Octagon and will take on Mark Hunt at UFC 200. When JDS was asked for his thoughts on the July 9th bout, he noted that he sees “more danger” in the future of Lesnar than Hunt.
Well, recently Mir weighed in on the upcoming fight during his “Phone Booth Fighting MMA” podcast. Mir is in an interesting position to comment on the scrap, since he’s faced both men. Back in 2008, he ruined Lesnar’s Octagon debut by catching him with an early kneebar. They fought again in 2009, however, and this time Lesnar took him out with ground-and-pound punches. In Mir’s last outing, back in March, he faced Hunt and was stopped in the opening round.
While discussing Lesnar – Hunt, here is some of what Mir had to say (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“He doesn’t like to be hit,” Mir said while referring to Lesnar. “Not that anybody likes to be hit, but Brock for whatever reason has shown much more of a dramatic response to the negativity of those shots. To the point where he’s not asleep, it isn’t like he got knocked out, he’s not getting dropped, but he just turns his face away from adversity. That’s a bad thing when fighting Mark Hunt, who again I think is one of the hardest punchers in the division…”
“I’m betting on Mark,” Mir said. “He’s been in there more consistently the last couple of years against really game opponents. I think that once their strengths match up against each other, it’s a hard takedown. You’ve never really seen anybody come through and just blast Mark onto his butt in the first minute or two of a match.”
Hunt is definitely one of the hardest punchers on the planet, and he’s improved his takedown defense significantly over the years. So, Lesnar could be in for some serious trouble if he mistimes or telegraphs his shots. But, Lesnar has demonstrated in the past that he can bulldoze big dudes to the mat as well. The big question is, after all these years, is that ability and timing still there?
UFC 200 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.