Hunt will ‘wreck’ Les­nar, says UFC an­a­lyst

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GIO Sta­dium, Can­berra 4pm Sun­day Jared Maxwell, Chris Sut­ton Raiders $1.09, Knights $6.50 Bar­low Park, Cairns 6pm Sun­day Ger­ard Sut­ton, Peter Gough Rab­bitohs $3.00, Cow­boys $1.35 Kiwi Mark Hunt will ‘‘wreck’’ Brock Les­nar when he faces the WWE sen­sa­tion in Las Ve­gas next week, ac­cord­ing to UFC star turned ESPN an­a­lyst Chael Son­nen.

For­mer heavy­weight cham­pion Les­nar is re­turn­ing to the oc­tagon for the first time since 2011 af­ter the WWE granted him a ‘‘one-off op­por­tu­nity’’ to fea­ture as the co­main event at UFC 200.

The bout is be­ing billed as a matchup be­tween Les­nar’s su­pe­rior wrestling abil­ity and the dev­as­tat­ing knock­out power of Hunt, who has fin­ished his last two fights in the first round.

How­ever, Son­nen, who had ti­tle fights in both the mid­dleweight and light-heavy­weight di­vi­sions in a UFC ca­reer that stretched be­tween 2005-13, says Les­nar’s grap­pling abil­ity is over-rated and be­lieves he will strug­gle to take the ‘Su­per Samoan’ down to the can­vas.

‘‘He was an ef­fec­tive wrestler, but you know, he had some size and he had a lot of other things to help him get his hand raised,’’ Son­nen said on his pod­cast.

‘‘So I don’t think that a guy as short as Hunt is just gonna get bum-rushed and taken down. You gotta un­der­stand, Brock hasn’t been in the ring in five years, Hunt was the num­ber one con­tender within the last cal­en­dar year.

‘‘So no, you don’t have to be ex­actly an MMA ex­pert to be able to see how this fight goes. Hunt’s gonna wreck him.’’

Hunt has been do­ing the me­dia rounds in the United States ahead of the land­mark event, which also sees Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones square off for the light-heavy­weight ti­tle.

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