Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir believes that the match-up of Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt at UFC 200 will lead to a bitter and early end for ‘The Beast in Carnate’ due to his perceived inability to take punches.
Mir has faced both men within in the octagon in the past and is tipping the ‘Super Samoan’ to do the job on July 9. Mir believes that unless Lesnar can utilise his premier NCAA Division 1 wrestling and take the fight to the ground, Hunt’s brutal knockout power will easily dispose of Lesnar in his UFC return:
“He doesn’t like to be hit,” Mir said of Lesnar. “Not that anybody likes to be hit, but Brock for whatever reason has shown much more of a dramatic response to the negativity of those shots. To the point where he’s not asleep, it isn’t like he got knocked out, he’s not getting dropped, but he just turns his face away from adversity. That’s a bad thing when fighting Mark Hunt, who again I think is one of the hardest punchers in the division.”
Admittedly Mir recognises that if anyone is capable of taking Hunt to the mat it is Lesnar which will then completely alter the balance of the bout:
“If he is able to take Hunt down and control him, Hunt has been known to get tired on the ground and get fatigued,” Mir said. … “It really comes down to who is able to get their game plan.”
Mir is most certainly abject in missing out on the opportunity to face Lesnar in what would have been a monumental third encounter at UFC 200, thus prevailing a career series winner between the two (currently standing at one a piece), yet cannot feel too dismayed as he is serving a two year suspension after testing positive for steroid metabolites. However such a bout is definitely a missed encounter for both fighter and fans alike.
Despite the short-term nature of the fight at UFC 200, Mir is still backing Hunt even though he is at a clear disadvantage as Lesnar as been allowed much more time to prepare for the match-up having been in contact with the UFC for a matter of months now.
“I’m betting on Mark,” Mir said. “He’s been in there more consistently the last couple of years against really game opponents. I think that once their strengths match up against each other, it’s a hard takedown. You’ve never really seen anybody come through and just blast Mark onto his butt in the first minute or two of a match.”
Nevertheless it is sure to be a brutal and savage encounter, exactly what the fans have ordered.