We’re less than a week away from Brock Lesnar’s return to the Octagon at UFC 200, which is surprising in itself, but the most shocking part of his coming out of retirement party was the speed with which it happened. In early June, seemingly out of nowhere, Brock Lesnar announced he’d be fighting at UFC 200, which was just over a month away. It turns out that he’d been negotiating with the UFC for a while, and that the UFC’s New York debut at UFC 205 was in serious consideration before Brock decided to help save the UFC’s marquee International Fight Week show.
On a UFC 200 conference call in typical Brock fashion, the former UFC heavyweight champ and WWE superstar didn’t wax poetic about getting back into the fight game, nor did he discuss his future in fighting or what could’ve been. He just laid it all out there:
“Hell, I’ll fight whenever the money’s right, and we took it to the 11th hour, and that’s where we’re at,” Lesnar said. “It was short notice for me and for him, so we’ll see what happens on the 9th.”
Of course, Brock needed an opponent, someone that was game to take on the 38-year-old beast who hasn’t fought in nearly five years. Luckily, Mark Hunt probably said, “yep” and hung up the phone.
“I wasn’t even sure if it was going to happen, but I’ve been training four or five weeks, and before my call to (UFC President) Dana (White), I wasn’t even sure this thing was going to happen.”
So now that Brock has the hunger back and is seemingly healthy, will he be the Brock of old? Or will taking this fight on short notice, something he’s never done before (and Mark Hunt has done plenty of times) lead to him on his back, looking up at the stadium lights?
(Via MMA Junkie)