UFC returned to New Zealand this past Sunday with a knockout event held at Spark Arena.
The clash of the heavyweights headlined the show on Fox Sports 1 with Mark Hunt (13-11-1) squaring off against Derrick Lewis (18-5). Scheduled for five rounds bout ended prior the final bell.
Lewis performed well executing kicks, attacking Hunt’s head. However as the fight proceed he appeared more tired. Attacking the body Hunt slowed him down, as well as continued delivering the blows to the head. As a result “The Super Samoan” earned a technical knockout victory over “The Black Beast” when the referee Marc Goddard stopped the contest at 3:51 of Round 4.
“It’s a pretty good feeling,” said victorious Hunt post-fight. “I know Derrick Lewis is from the hood, but this is my hood.”
“It was a matter of time. Derrick Lewis is a tough guy. I respect him because he doesn’t use steroids. I think we all need to band together to get rid of steroids in our sport, make it an even playing field.”
In regards who he’d like to face next, Hunt said anybody who is higher than him in rankings. He has also said that if lost it might’ve been his final challenge.
“If it ended for me tonight, so be it. I’ve had a lot of fun, traveled the world. But it looks like I can continue.”
Lewis said that the bout against Hunt was most likely his last fight in the UFC.
“I’m getting married next week, and I don’t like putting my family through all this,” he said. “Most likely that’ll be my last fight in the UFC.”
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In the second bout from the top American Derek Brunson knocked out Dan Kelly of Australia in the first round. Also on the main card Dan Hooker of New Zealand stopped Ross Pearson of England in the second. In addition, Moldovan Ion Cutelaba KO’d Henrique da Silva of Brazil in 22 seconds.
In summary UFC Fight Night 110 was an eleven fight bill. The lightweight bout between Thibault Gouti and Dong Hyun Kim was taken off UFC Fight Pass stream a few hours before the event due to illness of Gouti. Complete UFC Auckland results can be found below.
UFC Fight Night 110 results
Mark Hunt def. Derrick Lewis by TKO R4, 3:51 (punches)
Derek Brunson def. Daniel Kelly by KO R1, 1:16 (punches)
Dan Hooker def. Ross Pearson by KO R2, 3:02 (knee, punch)
Ion Cutelaba def. Henrique da Silva by KO R1, 0:22 (punches)
Ben Nguyen def. Tim Elliott via submission R1, 0:49 (rear-naked choke)
Alexander Volkanovski def. Mizuto Hirota by unanimous decision (30-27×3)
Vinc Pichel def. Damien Brown by KO R1, 3:37 (punches)
Luke Jumeau def. Dominique Steele by unanimous decision (29-28×3)
John Moraga def. Ashkan Mokhtarian by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27×2)
Zak Ottow def. Kiichi Kunimoto by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
J.J. Aldrich def. Chanmi Jeon by unanimous decision (30-27×3)