Brock Lesnar to represent Regina at UFC 200
MMA star moved to small-town Saskatchewan to farm several years ago
The pride of Maryfield, Sask. will be making his return to the octagon in July.
Former UFC champion Brock Lesnar will be fighting in UFC 200 against New Zealand's Mark Hunt.
Lesnar moved to a farm near the village of Maryfield, located 250 kilometres southeast of Regina, after leaving the UFC in 2011.
"I love my farm," Lesnar told ESPN's SportsCenter in a recent interview. "You can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy."
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Not surprisingly, social media had a lot to say about Lesnar's Saskatchewan connection.
First, Saskatchewan's premier broke the news.
Fighting out of Maryfield, Saskatchewan and making news worldwide, <a href="https://twitter.com/BrockLesnar">@BrockLesnar</a>. All the best at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UFC200?src=hash">#UFC200</a> my friend. <a href="https://t.co/ecHvGHU9s0">https://t.co/ecHvGHU9s0</a>—@PremierBradWall
Then more people started weighing in...
Why the heck does Brock Lesnar live in Moosomin, Saskatchewan?? That's wild.—@UnleashTheFury
Some people were a little bit frightened.
<a href="https://twitter.com/jacon_strips">@jacon_strips</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/ShakExcellence">@ShakExcellence</a> Saskatchewan scares me because I would never want to be within 200 miles of Brock Lesnar—@sndrsigma
And some people were jerks.
<a href="https://twitter.com/FinalGamerJames">@FinalGamerJames</a> Fun Fact: Brock Lesnar lives in Saskatchewan because he says Manitoba has too many people.—@Coelasquid
Some people were sad Lesnar had moved away from his original home in the U.S.
Brock Lesnar will be fighting out of Saskatchewan instead of Minnesota 😢—@Typac69
UFC 200 will be held in Las Vegas on Saturday, July 9.
- A previous version of this story said UFC 200 would be held this week. It will be held in July.Jun 07, 2016 1:04 PM CT
With files from the Canadian Press