Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar made a successful, if uneventful, return to the Octagon at UFC 200: Tate vs. Nunes on Saturday night in Las Vegas, taking a win over No. 8 ranked heavyweight Mark Hunt.
"Miesha is a tough opponent", Nunes said.
Tate had only reigned since March when she submitted Holly Holm at the death but Nunes needed a little over three minutes to claim victory. Nunes won via tapout in the first round after delivering a massive punch to Tate's face, breaking her nose and stunning her. Nunes quickly took Tate down and applied a rear naked choke, forcing Tate to tap out.
"The first time I saw that she was a little hurt, I controlled myself because I knew she would come back strong in the next round", Nunes said.
Lesnar, who hasn't had a UFC fight in five years, defeated Mark Hunt, also by unanimous decision. Lesnar bullied Hunt to the ground in the first and third rounds and made him pay once he got him there.
The new champ was beyond jubilant following her big win over Tate, who was a 3-1 favorite. UFC president Dana White said afterwards on SportsCenter that Saturday's fight was a one-time deal because of Lesnar's contract with WWE but added, "That doesn't mean we couldn't do something again in the future".
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Mark Hunt would have weighed significantly more than the 265-pound heavyweight limit by the time he entered the ring against Brock Lesnar but that didn't stop the Beast from picking him up and dumping him like a sack of potatoes. That's just the way I am.
The main event of UFC 200 was slated to be a light heavyweight unification bout between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones. Had he lost, perhaps an Orton victory may have been in the cards but it's hard to imagine WWE would book Brock to lose his first match back after a decisive win over a top 10 heavyweight in the UFC.
"Hats off to Anderson", Cormier said. However, two of them have taken place outside of the UFC's traditional stronghold of North America, and her last fight was bought by 1.1 million households, an unbelievable statistic considering that the show itself was in Australia. This is a big accomplishment for me. "... With all due respect to Amanda, I'm very happy for you and congratulations on your big night, and with all due respect to Miesha (Tate), thank God I don't have to fight my friend".
Silva opens the second stanza with kicks but Cormier smothers the moment of excitement by smothering the former middleweight champion on the mat.
"Right now I'm going to go and get my thoughts back together and regroup before getting back to the gym", Tate said.