Brock Lesnar is less than a week away from his return to the UFC octagon, but the Mixed Martial Arts promotion still has to solve one fairly key issue ahead of this Saturday's fight versus Mark Hunt.
As documented in the latest edition of the UFC's own 'UFC 200: Embedded' video series that is following the big name fighters in the run-up to the July 9 card, Lesnar met up with the organisation's equipment team to try on the gloves he'll wear in the octagon this weekend.
Unfortunately, the gloves he tried on simply do not fit. The Beast Incarnate's hands are just too damn big for anything the UFC has available.
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In the footage, which can be seen further down this article, Lesnar clearly isn't comfortable with the 4XL glove he is given to try on, admitting:
"When you tape my hands, I don't know if you'll get the glove on..." I won't be able to close my hand. Do you have a 5X?"
The problem is, the UFC actually don't have anything bigger than the 4XL glove. There is no such thing as a 5XL fight glove right now.
Looking to address Lesnar's legitimate concerns, the equipment team attempt to reassure the former Heavyweight Champion that they'll work on it and stretch out the 4XL.
It's hardly an ideal situation for Lesnar to be in as he prepares for his first UFC bout in five years, but his shovel hands shouldn't have come as a surprise to the organisation. During his original run his hand size was notorious within the fight game.
The veteran fighter didn't seem too alarmed by the setback, and, hopefully, the gloves will be a perfect fit by the time he makes his entrance at UFC 200.
With the pressure on Lesnar to perform in a much-hyped fight, the last thing he needs is to be worrying about the equipment he has been given. His opponent won't want him to have a ready made excuse either.
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