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Lesnar beats Hunt, Tate loses at UFC 200

NZN 10/07/2016

Former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar made a triumphant return to the Octagon to defeat Mark Hunt by unanimous decision at UFC 200.

After five years out of the UFC Lesnar defied the odds to defeat the long-time Australian based New Zealander, utilising his wrestling skills to take Hunt to the mat several times in the fight.

All three judges socred the Las Vegas fight 29-27 for Lesnar.

The two seemed to be equal after the second round, both staying on their feet and Lesnar avoiding Hunt's power punching.

However in the third the man nicknamed `The Beast Incarnate' took control.

Lesnar took Hunt to the canvas and unloaded with a stream of short lefts to the head of Hunt to ultimately take victory.

The win over a top-10 opponent such as Hunt immediately puts Lesnar in the heavyweight title conversation, but he said he wasn't immediately thinking of a battle with current champ Stipe Miocic.

While Lesnar and Hunt went the distance, Miesha Tate's reign as UFC women's bantamweight champions lasted just one fight.

Tate, like Holly Holm - who she took the title from - lost by submission to Brazilian Amanda Nunes.

Nunes bloodied Tate very early in the opening round and continued to deliver a slew of punches before taking back control of the grounded champ.

Tate then quickly submitted to a rear-naked choke from Nunes.

"She's a very fast starter, very dangerous in the first round and she caught me fair and square," Tate said.

Nunes is the latest in a string of different bantamweight champions. The title hasn't been defended successfully since Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 in Melbourne in November.

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