Brock Lesnar UFC 200 opponent announced: Who is the former heavyweight champion facing on July 9?
During the UFC 199 broadcast this weekend, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced former heavyweight champion and current WWE Brock Lesnar would be returning to the Octagon for next month’s monumental UFC 200 event.
The UFC announced Lesnar’s return with a simple promo that flashed the former champ’s face at the very end.
Other than the news that Lesnar was making his comeback to mixed martial arts, there were very few details surrounding the bout, including a potential opponent. On Monday, that changed when Lesnar made an exclusive appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
Lesnar announced he will be facing one of the most exciting heavyweights in UFC and Pride history, Mark Hunt.
UFC 200 takes place on July 9 at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
On top of Lesnar’s return, the UFC will be putting three titles on the line. In the main event, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier faces interim champ Jon Jones in a title unification bout. Also on the main card is a women’s bantamweight title fight between Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes, along with an interim featherweight championship matchup between former title holder Jose Aldo and ex-155 pound king Frankie Edgar.
With the announcement of Lesnar’s opponent, here is a look at the updated UFC 200 fight card:
UFC 200 PPV Main Event:
205 lbs.: UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier vs. UFC Interim Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones
UFC 200 PPV Co-Main Event:
265 lbs: Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt
Other Scheduled UFC 200 Matches:
135 lbs.: Women’s Bantamweight Champion Meisha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes
145 lbs.: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar for interim featherweight title
265 lbs.: Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne
185 lbs.: Derek Brunson vs. Gegard Mousasi
155 lbs.: Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez
170 lbs.: Johnny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum
155 lbs.: Takanori Gomi vs. Jim Miller
155 lbs.: Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marin
135 lbs.: Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena
135 lbs.: TJ Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assuncao
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