On Monday it was confirmed that Brock Lesnar's opponent for his surprise bout at UFC 200 next month would be Mark Hunt.
The 42-year-old New-Zealander may not have been everyone's first choice to be the man standing across the octagon against Lesnar come July 9, but, with nine KO wins in his MMA career to date and a first-round knockout victory over Frank Mir in March, he will offer a stern test for the WWE Superstar.
Now, after hearing Lesnar claim the fight will be over if he gets Hunt on the ground, the hard-hitting UFC veteran has had his own say on what will happen when the two meet in Las Vegas.
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Speaking via his own website, MarkHunt.tv, Hunt came up with own fairly extreme prediction:
"I’ll knock his face off. I knock his mouth off and then his lips fly off," he said.
“I already said they better be testing him (for anabolic steroids), but, in the end, it doesn’t even matter. It’s time for ‘punch face’, a game I have been playing for many years.”
In his high-profile interview with ESPN on Monday, Lesnar admitted that Hunt was a "heavy hitter" but brushed off the challenge he faces by claiming:
"I think that's what the people want to see," he said.
"The UFC ultimately culminated because we're going to put guys with opposing disciplines against each other. I think I match up very well."
Whilst the 38-year-old former UFC Heavyweight Champion was fairly complimentary towards his upcoming opponent, Hunt didn't exactly return the favour today.
Indeed, continuing his verbal assault on Lesnar, the 12-10-1 fighter mocked The Beast Incarnate's wrestling background as he took aim at his role in WWE:
“I ain’t no part time fighter. He thinks this is a game where he can come back and forth," said the Kiwi fighter.
“I will send this pretender back so he can play house with the other part timers. This realm is for the real fighters, not these damn pretenders.
“Don’t confuse wrestling with real fighting. I’m going to give it to him."
Considering the surprise nature of the bout, it is sure to be a huge draw for much of the fighting and wrestling world come early July.
If Hunt is able to keep up the trash talking he has begun today, it is only going to encourage even more people to tune in when fight night finally arrives.
Who will have the last laugh, however, is anyone's guess right now.
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