LAS VEGAS — Brock Lesnar proved he’s still got plenty of fight left in him.
The 38-year-old former heavyweight champion returned to the UFC on Saturday night and beat No. 8-ranked contender Mark Hunt by unanimous decision to get his first win inside the Octagon since 2010.
Lesnar had only about five weeks to prepare for Hunt, but he looked calm, cool and collected as he took the former K-1 champion to the mat repeatedly and pounded his way to a victory after retiring from the UFC five years ago.
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Lesnar was given permission by his employers at WWE to return for UFC 200, but given the reception he received along with the performance he put on, it seems pretty possible he’ll want to compete again.
Whether it’s a conversation with Vince McMahon in WWE or Dana White in the UFC, Lesnar plans on getting his way no matter what his future entails.
Well let’s get one thing clear — Brock Lesnar does what Brock Lesnar wants to do.
— Brock Lesnar
"I believe that my future’s already laid out for the next month. I’m doing SummerSlam against Randy Orton. Once the dust settles there I don’t know what I’m going to do. I had one hell of a time tonight and I enjoyed myself so we’ll see what happens. It’s really way too soon."
Part of the motivation for Lesnar to fight at UFC 200 was erasing the bad memories from his last couple of fights in the UFC, in which he lost his heavyweight title to Cain Velasquez and then suffered a TKO defeat to Alistair Overeem.
Both of those losses came at the end of a long battle with diverticulitis that had Lesnar in and out of the hospital for the majority of his UFC career. Lesnar never liked the fact that his chosen desire to fight in the UFC ended because of the illness, and that was a huge part of his desire to return.
Now that he’s got a taste of fighting while actually healthy for the first time, Lesnar appears ready to take a big bite out of the UFC, although he wasn’t ready to commit to another bout.
One thing is for sure: Lesnar is still just as confident as ever.
"My prior training camps five years ago were pretty depressing camps. I’d train for a couple days and take five days off. Train for three days and take a week off. I had 12 inches of my colon removed, jumped back in the Octagon three months later. I mean who does that (expletive)?" Lesnar said.
"I’ve been gone for five years, I stepped into the Octagon tonight with a guy ranked No. 8 in the world. You can write what you want to write, but I think I’m the toughest son of a (expletive) and I’m top 10 and it puts me right in the game. If I want to make that decision to keep fighting, I will."