Stipe Miocic (13-2-0) earned a convincing TKO fourth round decision victory other New Zealand’s Mark Hunt yesterday at UFC Fight Night 65.
The 6-0 Hunt (10-10-1) was battered for most of the fight by the 6-4 Croatian American, who landed 361 total strikes, the most ever in any UFC fight.
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Hunt only landed 46 strikes.
There were several 10-8 rounds, but the judges scorecards up until the stoppage proved interesting.
Vick, Robert Whittaker, Alex Chambers, and Daniel Hooker earned $50,000 USD performance bonuses.
MMA Crossfire Expert Kenai Andrews checks in with this thoughts on the main event matchups.
JAMES VICK VS JAKE MATTHEWS
WINNER: JAMES VICK VIA 1ST RD SUBMISSION
Andrews: Matthews started of fast with that slam, but got caught when the fight went to the ground. Vick kept his wits about him and took advantage of the guillotine opportunity. Excellent win.
SEAN O’CONNELL VS ANTHONY PEROSH
WINNER: SEAN O’CONNELL VIA 1ST ROUND TKO
Andrews: Full marks to O’Connell for getting to Perosh before he could use his ground game.
ROBERT WHITTAKER VS BRAD TAVARES
WINNER: ROBERT WHITTAKER VIA 1ST RD TKO
Andrews: I’ve said before that Whittaker is a technician and he showed it again last night. An excellent win for him against a tough Tavares.
STIPE MIOCIC VS MARK HUNT
WINNER: STIPE MIOCIC VIA 4TH RD TKO
Andrews: Miocic defeated Roy Nelson with a less assaultive technical display but I think that loss to JDS will continue to help Miocic improve. Here against Hunt, he used his superior reach and used the takedown when he got in trouble. A smart win for Miocic.