Brock Lesnar is back for a huge UFC 200 payday but Mark Hunt has vowed to make the former heavyweight champion regret every second of his return in their July 9 fight in Las Vegas.
Hunt accused Lesnar of making a mockery of the sport and promised to send him back to wrestling in the WWE.
“The whole world knows what he (Lesnar) is going to get,” Hunt told AAP after the fight was announced on Tuesday.
“I assure you he is getting his lips knocked off.”
American Lesnar, 38, has declared that the fight will be as good as over of he gets Hunt to the canvas.
“I don’t really care what he says, Brock should have stayed retired,” Hunt said.
Lesnar, the owner of a 5-3 record, last fought in 2011 when a quick first round knockout loss to Alastair Overeem seemingly ended his UFC career.
New Zealander Hunt, 42, has won his last two fights, both by knockout, and is ranked sixth amongst UFC’s heavyweights.
For Hunt, the UFC is still about chasing the heavyweight title that has eluded him, including in a second round knockout at the hands of Fabricio Werdum at UFC 180.
For Lesnar it’s quite different.
Lesnar told ESPN he felt robbed by the diverticulitis – a disease of the digestive tract – that plagued him during his run in UFC but he also revealed for him it’s all about the money.
“Titles don’t pay the bills. I’m a prize fighter. I fight for money,” Lesnar said.
Interesting then that Lesnar hasn’t been fighting so much as performing since he returned to the choreographed land of professional wrestling in 2012.
And if that statement about money didn’t rankle Hunt, the way in which the biggest box office draw in UFC history walked back into the company did.
“I had a little bit of an idea about it (being matched with Lesnar), said Hunt said of when UFC president Dana White told him to be ready.
“But he’s not going to come back for long. I think he is making a mockery of the sport.
“This fight does nothing for my ranking in terms of the world title.
“I look at this guy as a part-time fighter. I am a full-time fighter. I will send him back to the WWE.
“It makes me kind of sad that people are tuning in for this and not the other fights.”
The enormity of the world stage he’ll be fighting on isn’t lost on Hunt as he goes back to training before heading to Las Vegas for the biggest UFC card of the year.
He’s promised two things.
“I’ll knock him out, then go to Disneyland.”