Brock Lesnar returned to the Octagon on Saturday night at UFC 200 after more than five years away from the sport. The former UFC heavyweight champion had a big challenge in front of him in the form of hard hitting Mark Hunt but Brock got the job done taking home a unanimous decision victory.
Lesnar answered all the questions surrounding his return by beating a top 10 opponent in Hunt. While Lesnar was far from spectacular he sure was impressive. Taking the former K-1 Grand Prix winner down and ensuring his 3 XXL fight gloves touched Hunt’s face.
The new question for Lesnar is what now? Well at a post fight press conference just for the man himself, he gave us a little teaser of what is next for him.
“Brock Lesnar does what Brock Lesnar wants to do,” Lesnar said. “I believe my future is already laid out for the next month. I am doing SummerSlam against Randy Orton. Once the dust settles there, i don’t know what I’m going to do. I had one hell of a time tonight, and I enjoyed myself, so we’ll see what happens.”
Regardless of how you feel about the man, Lesnar came back and proved to not just himself but everyone around the world that he still has what it takes to hang with the UFC’s most elite heavyweights.
“I’ve been gone five years, I step into the octagon tonight, a guy ranked number No. 8 in the world. You can write what you want to write, but I think I’m the toughest son of a b***h, and it puts me right in the game. Granted, I’ve got some work to do, but don’t we all? If I want to make the decision to keep fighting, I will.”
What makes Brock Lesnar a phenomenal fighter is his ability to understand where he needs to improve. It’s no secret, the man is not a striker. Yes he can take any man down and drop those sledgehammers he calls hands down on you like we have seen the past, but Brock sure does understand the game. He trained six-weeks for this fight and while you could tell he had been away for five years he still showed he showed glimpses of his past dominance.
Lesnar is still reported to be under contract with the WWE for at least two more years and if he should decide he wants to dance with another of the UFC’s elite there will have to be another conversation between the two companies. One thing for certain though, with Brock comes hundreds of thousands of viewers.