How the Bookies See it
- Winner: Mark Hunt 8/13, Brock Lesnar 5/4 - Paddy Power
- Method of Victory: Mark Hunt by KO/TKO/Sub/DQ 8/13, Mark Hunt by KO/TKO/DQ 8/11, Brock Lesnar by KO/TKO/Sub/DQ 2/1 - Sky Bet
- Round: Hunt Round 1 10/11, Lesnar Round 1 4/1, Lesnar on Points 7/1, Mark Hunt on Points 12/1 - Betfred
(KO = Knockout TKO = Technical Knockout Sub = Submission DQ = Disqualification)
- Brock Lesnar made a promising start to his UFC career, winning four of his first five bouts, but defeats to Cain Velasquez in October 2010 and Alistair Overeem in December 2011 have somewhat tarnished an otherwise impressive record. A spell in the world of WWE between 2012 and 2014 have kept Lesnar in peak condition before he announced he was “closing the door on MMA” in 2015, but the 38-year-old is back having reached a deal with the federation to allow him one last shot at glory.
- Mark Hunt is an MMA veteran, having started his career in 2004, and will be appearing in his 13th UFC rumble. The New Zealander has tasted defeat just four times in his UFC career and is able to boast an impressive seven victories and one draw. The 42-year-old will be hoping to defend an unbeaten UFC run stretching back to November 2015.
Mark Hunt is the overwhelming favourite to take the UFC 200 win. The experienced kickboxer may be four years older than Lesnar, but he does have more recent bouts to call upon, while the American’s time in WWE may have caused him to lose focus before he steps into the octagon. A first round win for Hunt is 5/4 with Paddy Power, while a win on points for the New Zealand native is a far more generous 14/1 with 888Sport. However, Lesnar’s decision to re-enter the sport following a number of years away shows that he has the determination to succeed and may put up more of a fight than the bookies believe, so don’t discount a spirited and drawn-out display.
- Sports.net’s top tip: - Mark Hunt to win in Round 2 17/2 - Paddy Power
*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run up to the event.