Leading up to UFC 200, there’s been talk as to whether Brock Lesnar folds once he gets hit, and now Mark Hunt has weighed in on the argument.
After it was announced that Lesnar will throw down with Hunt, July 9th, both Chuck Liddell and Frank Mir have opined that the pro-wrestler doesn’t respond well to strikes. The comments have prompted fans to debate the argument, and for the media to pose questions regarding the narrative.
Well, recently Hunt was asked for his thoughts on the theory, while appearing on “The MMA Hour”. Here is some of what the feared bomber had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I don’t know, to be honest. I don’t know what the deal is with that. I mean, if you don’t like to be hit, you’re in the wrong sport,” Hunt said, laughing.
“He’s had four years off since his (last) fight, so I’m just looking forward to the match-up. It’s going to be a great fight and I’m not looking past Brock. He’s going to be a tough fight. He’s probably been training for ages. But, I mean, getting hit in the face and everywhere, the body, is part of what we’re used to. He should get used to it because I’m going to try to do a lot of that in the fight.”
Of course, no one should love getting punched by pro-fighters, especially guys that weight over 205 pounds…But, since Lesnar didn’t have years of striking under his belt during his previous MMA run, it’s not surprising that he had some issues after getting tagged. It’s also worth noting, of course, that this is a guy who won the UFC’s heavyweight title in what was his fourth, pro bout.
But, yes, it will be fascinating to see how the massive heavyweight responds, if Hunt tags him with a shot. Typically things go down hill extremely rapidly after Hunt lands a punch, regardless of whether the opponent is a top tier striker or not.
UFC 200 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.