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UFC 200: Who will win Brock Lesnar vs Mark Hunt fight tonight?

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The spotlight is on as former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar will make his return to mixed martial arts (MMA) later tonight (Sat., July 9, 2016) at UFC 200 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, against the heavy-handed Mark Hunt.

Since his departure from the sport back in 2011 following his TKO loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141, MMA fans have been waiting for Lesnar to take another crack at winning inside of the Octagon. After all, he managed to rapidly climb the UFC ladder during his initial promotional stint and looks absolutely incredible at the age of 38.

But like many of his previous UFC appearances, Lesnar will not be able to display his full arsenal if Hunt is able to land early and often. And considering "Super Samoan" sports some of the best punching power in all of MMA, the WWE superstar may be in trouble. However, Lesnar is finally healthy and over his bout with diverticulitis, making his return interesting to watch.

Here are some keys to victory for each hulking Heavyweight as they gear up to steal the show at UFC 200:

Brock Lesnar

1. Remain patient...

There's no doubt that Lesnar is going to experience some sort of jitters when he steps foot inside the cage for the first time in nearly five years. That feeling of being locked inside the Octagon opposite someone trying to take your head off never seems to go away.

You also have to consider that Lesnar is the main reason why casual fight fans are going to tune in to watch UFC 200, especially since Jon Jones is no longer part of the festivities. That means the WWE superstar will be counted on to produce fireworks as quickly as possible.

In order to fight the urge to please the masses, Lesnar must remain patient in his offensive approach opposite Hunt. He can not rush in too quickly and he can't remain on the feet too often. Anything outside of a level gameplan is going get the former champion in trouble.

2. Avoid the clinch...

Most people would assume that Lesnar would have an advantage in the clinch. He's obviously the bigger fighter and more than capable of dragging Hunt to the canvas when he gets a hold of him, but Hunt is sneakily vicious with dirty boxing.

Over and over again, "Super Samoan" has displayed the quick hands inside to land heavy uppercuts and crippling combinations to his opponent's face. Hunt would have to extend more than usual to land his fists on Lesnar, but the guy once closed the gap on Stefan Struve.

Needless to say, Lesnar needs to avoid Hunt's leather at all costs. If that means keeping his distance, staying away from the clinch and banking on his chances of landing a takedown, then so be it. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Mark Hunt

1. Go for broke...

Hunt really has nothing to lose at UFC 200. In fact, he should be the least concerned fighter on the entire card.

The fact of the matter is that anyone in the Heavyweight division can go down with one punch. Hunt has done much of the punching throughout his promotional career, but he has also been on the wrong end of some memorable finishes.

That said, he'd be best suited going for broke against someone like Lesnar. Hunt should feel comfortable leaning on his chin, forcing Lesnar to make split-second mistakes and create the most hazardous atmosphere for the WWE superstar in his Octagon return.

Rushing in, letting the leather fly, keeping Lesnar on his heels and going for broke is the quickest way to capitalize on a once-of-a-lifetime opportunity to fight the biggest draw in MMA history.

2. Stay off the cage...

While Hunt would welcome a dirty boxing showdown with Lesnar in close quarters, Lesnar isn't going to sit around and go tit-for-tat with the heavy-handed knockout artist.

Instead, Lesnar will look to use the cage to trap Hunt, shoot inside, grab a hold of his legs and hips, and dump him on his head. It's the most obvious course of action for the former UFC champion and the most efficient way he can sap Hunt's energy from the opening bell.

So in order to suffice for a lack of size and power, Hunt must keep his back off the Octagon borders. He should look to circle away from Lesnar after exchanges, keep his distance in check when he launches his heavy right hand and make sure his power shots don't leave him on a wobbly base.

If he can do that, Hunt will give himself the opportunity to land on Lesnar without the threat of the hulking Heavyweight taking him down.

Prediction: Hunt via first-round knockout

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 200 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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