Heavyweight limit, engage!
Brock Lensar will make his return to the Octagon at UFC 200 on July 9, and his opponent will be none other than Mark Hunt.
Lesnar appeared on SportsCenter early Monday to make the announcement, expressing his excitement with the match-up.
"Obviously I need to work on my stand-up game," Lesnar said, pointing out his love for grappling to Hunt's noted striking. "I think I match up very well. If Mark Hunt ends up on the ground, the fight's over."
Lesnar added that he didn't select his opponent, rather UFC officials told him Hunt was who they wanted the former heavyweight champion to face. He said he accepted the fight because he doesn't care who he faces and never turns down opponents.
News broke over the weekend that Lesnar would make his UFC return on the upcoming summer card, although there wasn't an opponent revealed at the time. Lesnar said that Hunt hadn't signed the contract until the fighter arrived at the ESPN studios on Monday for his appearance.
While he'll make his UFC return, Lesnar is still under contract with the WWE and is expected to compete at SummerSlam. The WWE granted Lesnar the "one-off" chance to fight at UFC 200, according to a statement they released late last Saturday.
"Brock Lesnar remains under contract to WWE, however, he has been granted a one-off opportunity to compete at UFC 200," read the statement. "Following this milestone event on July 9, Brock will return to WWE for Summerslam on Sunday, August 21, live on WWE Network."
UFC 200 is expected to be the biggest card of the year, and it just got bigger with Lesnar's addition (quite literally). The card will be live on pay-per-view and take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.