When it was revealed that Brock Lesnar was making a return to the octagon with the UFC, the fight world was in shock.
'The Beast Incarnate' - as he is known in the WWE - is making his return at UFC 200, facing the hard-hitting Mark Hunt in a one-off fight on July 9 that helps give the UFC a huge buy-rate boost while also giving the WWE some increased exposure ahead of SummerSlam.
However, speaking ahead of the clash, UFC legend Chuck Liddell has come out and taken some well-worn shots at the former Heavyweight Champion.
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Scared of being hit
Speaking to Hollywood Life in a recent interview, the Iceman gave his opinion on the UFC 200 bout and his prediction doesn't read well for Lesnar and his fans.
"He was a good college wrestler, but he is afraid to get hit."
"That makes things dangerous — when you have a guy that can punch, and if he can stop Brock's takedowns a little bit, then [Brock] is in a lot of trouble," Liddell said.
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"I mean, he is tough and has heart because he will still fight and still keep coming and I will give him that. He has heart and he fights hard, but he is very afraid of the punch. So you just have to start punching him!"
Not enjoying getting hit is a bit of a problem when it comes to facing the power-punching Samoan superstar that is Mark Hunt.
Hunt has won his last two fights via KO and TKO, dispatching Frank Mir and Antonio Silva with apparent ease in the buildup to this fight with Lesnar. The 42-year-old might be getting on in age, but the 'King of the Walk-Offs' can still knock anyone in the heavyweight division spark out if given the chance.
Speaking during an interview of his own, Hunt brought up Lesnar's penchant for not taking punches well and said that the Beast is in the wrong sport.
"I don't know what the deal is with that, but if you don't like to be hit, you're in the wrong sport. I mean, no one likes to get hit but that is a part of what we do for a living, right? It's getting hit. That's kind of funny."
Getting hit is part of the job, a pretty big one, and after years of not being hit inside a wrestling ring, Lesnar could find himself stunned by what real power feels like.
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