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Shoot Henry (7/10/16): Earning That Money In The Bank



As one of the highly talked about matches for UFC 200, former UFC Heavyweight champ and current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar is reportedly getting paid with the highest guaranteed paycheck in the company's history.

"Show me the money"

As reported on FoxSports.com, the Beast will be earning at least $2.5 million for his win against Mark Hunt in the co-main event for UFC 200—nearly as much as the total salary Triple H made for all of 2015. The previous highest guaranteed pay record was held by featherweight champ Conor McGregor at $1 million. Incidentally, McGregor was supposed to headline UFC 200 before contract and pay disputes forced him off the card.

Brock surprised the viewers by fighting a very smart gameplan with relation to distance. He stayed outside of the pocket where Hunt was most dangerous, but was still within range for his shoot takedowns. He took down Hunt a total of three times in the first round, and attempted a kimura during the second one. With his third takedown of the round, he got Lesnar again, but now in a full mount and started to land his punches on the ground while smothering Hunt.

Highly inaccurate artist's rendition of the fight. There were no fan signs.

The second round was given to Hunt, but more because the little action it did have came from him. He was beginning to stuff Lesnar's takedown attempts but not being able to land much in the striking department due to the distance Brock kept.

The third round was much like the first, except Hunt was now starting to connect. Too little, too late though, as Lesnar would finally land another takedown and chip away at the Samoan. Although they may seem like not much, this is the guy who KO'd Frank Mir using the same tactic of small punches to a grounded opponent. You can be sure that Hunt was feeling each and everyone of them.

Lesnar won via unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the bout at 29-27. Given the 10-or-less scoring system, this means that although Lesnar had lost a round, his performance for one of the three rounds was sufficient enough to warrant a 10-8 score.

Save yourself the ear-murder and watch this on mute.

With a successful one-off return to the Octagon, Lesnar stated in the post fight presscon he might consider another fight in the future. He definitely should, as he has just beaten a very credible opponent in Mark Hunt. Will he go far in the UFC? I really don't know, nor do I want to limit his potential. He's already proven me wrong.


(The reported pay does not yet include, locker room bonuses, sponsorship pay and PPV percentage sales.)

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George Pastor writes our weekly #WTFWednesday column. He got into judo because it was the closest sport available where it was perfectly fine to slam someone without getting expelled.

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