Don't be alarmed, he always looks that way.
Nearly five years after retiring from mixed martial arts (MMA), which came on the heels of consecutive knockout losses to Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar made his return to the Octagon.
Waiting for him in the UFC 200 pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, which took place last night (Sat., July 9, 2016) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, was division power puncher Mark Hunt. Also known as the king of the one-punch walkoff.
Not this time.
In what was clearly the worst fight of the entire card, and a massive disappointment considering the amount of hype regarding his much-ballyhooed return, Lesnar wrestled his way to an ugly decision after realizing that yes, he is still the most inept striker in the 265-pound division.
Now it's time to leave and never come back.
When Lesnar retired the first time back in late 2011, he did so as a cautionary tale about the rigors of combat sports. You can spin fanciful yarns about exploding intestines and isolated fight camps, but the WWE superstar is -- and always was -- a below average fighter.
That's what made him such an anomaly.
Sticking with the old bar fight maxim that a good big man will always beat a good little one, the one-time NCAA Division-1 National Champion was able to fell most foes with his wrestling, coupled with brute strength and core competency in jiu-jitsu.
Most times, that's enough to get the job done.
But there is a marked difference between getting the job done and winning the heavyweight title. I didn't see anything from Cain Velasquez in his shellacking over Travis Browne that would lead me to believe a Lesnar rematch would not play out exactly the same as their first go-round.
There's nowhere to go but down.
Lesnar earned his storybook ending (kinda-sorta) and doesn't need to come back for the money (especially after this). He's still employed by the land of make believe and his UFC career is no longer a punchline. Beating Hunt (even if it was ugly) is a big deal. Say what you want about Hunt's age and ground game, he's earned his place in the halls of Valhalla.
Heck, the "Super Samoan" won a K-1 kickboxing title just a few months after Lesnar graduated college.
I believe Lesnar came back for one purpose: to erase the painful memory of his Overeem loss and leave MMA on the strength of a victory. It could not have come at a better time, either, as UFC is as popular as it's ever been -- and worth more than it's ever been. Mission accomplished, now it's time to go home.
Unless, of course, something crazy happens.
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