Sunday, July 10, 2016

Brock Lesnar beats Hunt in UFC return

Five years after he left, Brock Lesnar was victorious in his return to the Octagon as he claimed a unanimous decision win over Mark Hunt in the co-main event of UFC 200 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

Lesnar has not fought in the UFC since losing to Alistair Overeem in 2011, and has instead returned to his old stomping grounds at the WWE.

Nevertheless, he showed that he still has what it takes, taking down Hunt twice in the first round.

In the third round, he took full mount and unloaded hammer fists against Hunt, who did just enough to avoid getting stopped.

"It took me a while to get acclimated," said Lesnar, who won his first UFC fight since July 2010. "I'm so happy to be back here."

Scores were 29-27 across the board for Lesnar.

In the undercard, UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier defeated the legendary Anderson Silva via unanimous decision in a three-round, non-title bout.

Silva was fighting on two days' notice after Cormier's original opponent, Jon Jones, was pulled out of the card due to a positive test. "The Spider" did enough to survive until the third round, wherein he landed some significant strikes to the delight of the crowd, but Silva could not stop Cormier's takedown attempts.

Cormier won with scores of 30-26 across the board, and improved to 18-1 in the UFC, with his lone loss coming against Jones in January 2015. Silva, for his part, has not won in the UFC since 2012.

In another fight, Jose Aldo became the interim UFC featherweight champion after defeating Frankie "The Answer" Edgar in a five-round battle.

Scores were 49-46, 49-46, 48-47 for Aldo, who was fighting for the first time since he lost in just 13 seconds to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 back in December. It was also a repeat of his victory over Edgar back in February 2013, wherein he also won a five-round decision.

Aldo opened up a cut above Edgar's right eye in the second round, but "The Answer" refused to back down, even tagging Aldo with a combination in the third round. The Brazilian however landed the more significant strikes, and sealed his win with a strong fifth round.

Meanwhile, former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez overpowered Travis Browne in the first fight of the main card, knocking out the former champion in the closing seconds of round one.