Brock Lesnar beats Mark Hunt as WWE star rekindles MMA career at UFC 200

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar

As the hulking figure of Brock Lesnar held court in a makeshift tent in the Las Vegas desert, he looked completely at home.

Ninety minutes earlier he had relentlessly hammered his giant fists into Mark Hunt to secure a first UFC victory in almost five years.

And as talk turned to his future in the Octagon, the former heavyweight champion refused to rule out a prolonged stay.

Although still contracted to the WWE, he said: ‘Let’s get one thing clear: Brock Lesnar does what Brock Lesnar wants to do.

‘I wasn’t rocked. The mystery is gone, I guess I can take a shot.

‘You can write what you want to write, but I think I’m the toughest son of a bitch.

‘There ain’t a guy in the heavyweight division I can’t take down.

‘This is a mental game. If you put the work in, good things will happen. I haven’t had this much fun in a long time.’

When asked about another tilt at the title held for almost two years from 2008, Lesner, whose comeback purse was $2.5.million (£1.9m), said: ‘I believe any man can do what he wants if he puts his mind into it.

‘We’ll see what happens. Never say never. I’m reaching the big 4-0 here so we’ll be realistic about it.’

Hunt had climbed to No 8 in the heavyweight rankings after knockout victories over Frank Mir and Antonio Silva but struggled against Lesnar’s takedowns.

He said: ‘I just got caught and couldn’t get out of first gear. He was the bigger fighter and he took me down.’