On July 9th, Lesnar will be returning to the cage for the first time since 2011, when he was taken out by Alistair Overeem. Due to the fearsome striking game of Hunt, pretty much everyone understands that the massive wrestler needs to get the fight down, and fast.
But, the question is, will he be able to? Although Hunt doesn’t have a background in wrestling, the slugger’s takedown defense has improved leaps and bounds in recent years.
“He wasn’t a really good wrestler, he was an effective wrestler,” said Sonnen. “I’ll put this in perspective for you. In the NCAA when he won his national title, he was 265 pounds, which was the limit. In the finals, he had a guy that was 220 pounds and he had to go into double overtime with him. There’s not very many wrestlers alive, if any, that if they had a forty-five-pound weight advantage couldn’t put that guy away in about thirty seconds. So he was an effective wrestler, but you know, he had some size and he had a lot of other things to help him get his hand raised…”
“So I don’t think that a guy as short as Hunt is just gonna get bum-rushed and taken down. You gotta understand, Brock hasn’t been in the ring in five years, Hunt was the number one contender within the last calendar year. So no, you don’t have to be exactly an MMA expert to be able to see how this fight goes. Hunt’s gonna wreck him.”
Now, if you’re a long time or big MMA fan, then you know that Sonnen is up to speed on this wrestling stuff. After all, he’s a former NCAA Division 1, All American, Greco-Roman wrestler. So, it is interesting to see his perspective on this.
It’s going to be fascinating to see how the fight plays out. Can Lesnar get the TD? And if so, will he be able to keep Hunt on the ground? We shall find out soon enough.
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