Prior to last Saturday (June 4, 2016), UFC 200, which is slated for July 9, 2016 from The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, appeared to be all but finalized, and the card was loaded to say the least.
Featuring the ultra-rare three title fights in one night, UFC 200 was set to be headlined by the long-awaited light heavyweight title rematch between bitter rivals Daniel “DC” Cormier and Jon “Bones” Jones.
The thought to be co-main event would feature yet another highly-anticipated rematch between former champions Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar with the interim 145-pound belt hanging in the balance.
Also on the main card, bantamweight queen Miesha Tate would defend her title for the very first time against surging contender Amanda Nunes.
Aside from these three glaring bouts, the event was set to feature some of the sport’s greatest talents and biggest names from top to bottom.
It appeared as if it couldn’t get any better, but then it did.
UFC 199 went down last weekend from The Forum in Inglewood, California. During the live pay-per-view broadcast, the UFC released a chilling promo that featured all six fighters set to compete for UFC gold. At the end, a familiar voice roared, and a famous face appeared.
That man was none other than former UFC heavyweight champion and former WWE champion Brock Lesnar. The man who holds the UFC pay-per-view record for his UFC 100 headliner in July 2009 would be making his return to the Octagon nearly five years after hanging up his gloves.
It was later announced that the ex-champion would be taking on long-time veteran and No. 8-ranked Mark Hunt in the co-main event, a somewhat surprising matchup given Hunt’s skill level and Lesnar’s layoff, but Lesnar was thrown to the wolves nonetheless.
It may be a daunting task, but make no mistake about it, Lesnar is coming with something to prove.
Let’s take a look at three paths to victory for the former heavyweight boss at UFC 200: