Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt set for UFC 200 co-main event

Get the Full StoryThe return of former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar will be against Mark Hunt, in the co-main event of July 9th's UFC 200 pay-per-view spectacular. We already knew on Saturday night that Brock Lesnar 5-3 was coming back to the UFC after a five-year absence, but the opponent wouldn't be revealed until Monday. Well today is Monday, and we know who the former heavyweight champion and current WWE star will be facing in the UFC 200 co-main event. In an interview with SportsCenter's Hannah Storm, Lesnar confirmed that he will fight none other than Mark Hunt.

Hunt 12-10-1 is coming off a walkoff KO win over Lesnar rival Frank Mir in the main event of UFC Brisbane in March. The Super Samoan also knocked out Antonio Silva at UFC 193, successfully taking the rematch of their epic first encounter in December 2013, which ended in a draw.

Lesnar has not fought since he announced his retirement on the night of December 30th, 2011, when Alistair Overeem scored a 1st round TKO in the main event of UFC 141. Since then, Lesnar has re-signed with the WWE and is still under contract with them, so this is a one-off return for one of MMA's most polarizing figures, and he has a tough matchup ahead of him next month.

UFC 200 is headlined by a light heavyweight championship unification bout between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones. The other two title fights are Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar rematching for the interim featherweight belt, as well as Miesha Tate's first defense of her women's bantamweight crown against Brazil's Amanda Nunes. UFC 200 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, July 9th.