UFC betting fans are familiar with the name Brock Lesnar, and on Wednesday, July the 13th he’ll be taking on Mark ‘The Super Samoan’ Hunt. After a five-year break from MMA, sportsbook users are eager to see what Lesnar has in store. This fight will now be headlining UFC 200 after Jon Jones was flagged for a doping violation.
“Merry Christmas to Brock Lesnar,” Brock Lesnar said upon hearing of Jon Jones’ removal. “It’s a milestone for the company, and it’s a milestone for me.”
Jon Jones has vehemently denied taking any banned substances. He broke down in tears when he addressed the media.
“I don’t know what to say,” Jones began. “I want to start by apologizing to all the fans who came out to support me at UFC 200. Obviously the UFC, the Fertittas, for not being able to perform. I know there’s a lot that has gone into this event. All the staff of the UFC and Daniel Cormier, I want to apologize to Daniel Cormier. I know this fight means a lot to him. The fight meant a lot to me and the fight’s not happening.”
“It’s unfortunate,” Lesnar said in judgment of Jones. “It’s unprofessional, that’s just what it is. What else can I say?”
Thanks to Jones’ mishaps Lesnar’s bout against Hunt will be the main event for UFC 200. In return this bout should draw more attention from UFC betting enthusiasts, who now have one less match to wager on.
This bout will be an interesting match between opposites. Lesnar is a gifted wrestler but Mark puts the ‘Super’ in his nickname by delivering skull-crushing blows. Sure it’s been five years since Lesnar’s stepped into the octagon, but at 38 he’s four years younger than Hunt. Hunt relies heavily on being able to land his blows, but with Lesnar having a reach almost 13cm longer will Hunt be able to get close enough to connect. Hunt has never won by a submission, with over 75% of his wins coming from knockouts. On the other hand 60% of Hunt’s losses come from submissions. If Lesnar can knock the ‘Super Samoan’ to the ground then he should have it in the books.
Here are the odds for the match:
Brock Lesnar 11/2 (+190) +150
Mark Hunt 11/2 (-230) -170
The odds have Hunt as being the favorite, no doubt due to Lesnar’s distaste of getting punched in the face. But if the former WWE star is able to shake the cobwebs early then he’ll be able to overpower Hunt with his pure athleticism. Lesnar must be cautious coming out of the gate to ensure that Hunt doesn’t connect early. If he’s able to maintain his distance and find an opening he should have no problem taking Hunt to the mat. Relying on his superior wrestling skills will be the heart of Lesnar’s strategy.
Hunt will be riding the fact that Lesnar hasn’t fought in half a decade. In that time Hunt has established himself as one of the most reliable fighters in the MMA. Though he is getting older he has developed certain patience in his age that translates into perfect timing and delivery. He may be a short fighter but he has shown to use his stoutness to his advantage.
With this in mind fans of UFC betting can see the value in this bout. If Lesnar pulls off the upset then that +150 odds isn’t going to look like such gamble.