Mark Hunt was just as surprised as everyone else when it was announced that Brock Lesnar would be returning to the Octagon at UFC 200 on July 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It was more of a shock to "Super Samoan" when he discovered it was him who was pegged to welcome the former heavyweight champion back inside the Octagon. Still, Hunt doesn't expect to face a rusty Lesnar, despite the fact he hasn't competed in mixed martial arts (MMA) in over five years.
"I think he's been training longer than people presume," said Hunt on a recent appearance on The MMA Hour. "He probably knew a long time ago about this match. But my training has been going good so far."
"In the end, I think everyone should be treated fairly. If you're getting tested, then everyone should be getting tested. He's probably getting tested now, but I think everyone should have the same playing field," said the hard-hitting brawler.
Despite his accomplishments in the sport, Lesnar doesn't have a good track record when it comes to taking and absorbing strikes to the face. Sure, no one likes to get hit on the kisser, but as Hunt stated, if that's a big worry going into a fight, then you shouldn't be there in the first place.
"I don't know what the deal is with that, but if you don't like to be hit, you're in the wrong sport. I mean, no one likes to get hit but that is a part of what we do for a living, right? It's getting hit. That's kind of funny."
His fight against Brock will be Hunt's first of his new lucrative six-fight deal. And while he is grateful to be a part of such a huge fight, Hunt -- who is already in Las Vegas -- says the thing he's most looking forward to is being able to take his kids to Disneyland, not fighting Brock.
"To me, it's jut another fight. I mean, it doesn't do nothing for my rankings. What I am excited about in being here in America, is I get to take my kids to Disneyland. That's what I'm excited about, not about fighting Brock Lesnar. That doesn't do nothing for my rankings."
Family man FTW!
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