UFC Fight Night 110: Hunt outlasts Lewis to collect hometown TKO win
It went longer than the Auckland crowd anticipated, but in the end, hometown hero No.7 Mark Hunt (12-11-1, 1NC), got the job done putting away No. 6 Derrick Lewis in the fourth round in the main event Sunday night (Auckland time) at UFC Fight Night 110.
Lewis came into the fight on a seven-fight win streak, but fight from the start had trouble landing significant strikes in succession. Hunt used his footwork to dart in and land shots, while taking all that Lewis could muster.
As the fight continued, Lewis did land some occasional flurries, but faded, allowing the 43-year-old Hunt to control the pace and catch the 32-year-old Lewis against the cage with unanswered strikes before referee Marc Goddard called the bout at 3:51 in the fourth round.
With the win, Hunt improved to 13-11-1, 1NC while Lewis fell to 18-5-0, 1NC. “The Black Beast,” who is getting married next week, announced his retirement after the contest.
Hunt and Lewis earned Fight-of-the-Night honours, while Ben Nguyen, and Dan Hooker earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.
TSN 5 MAIN CARD
ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI VS MIZUTO HIROTA
WINNER: ALEXANDER VOLKANOVKSI VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEXANDER VOLANOVSKI VIA TKO
Andrews: Credit Hirota’s toughness for allowing him to finish the bout, but it was target practice for Alex for the most of this fight. Excellent win for Volkanovski, he did everything but get the finish.
#8 TIM ELLIOTT VS #12 BEN NGUYEN
WINNER: BEN NGUYEN VIA SUBMISSION R1 0:49
ANDREWS PREDICTION: TIM ELLIOTT VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: I mentioned in the predictions that for Nguyen to win, he had to get Elliott early and he must have agreed because he wasted no time at all, taking advantage of that scramble and locking up the rear-naked choke. A disappointing loss for Elliott.
ION CUTELABA VS HENRIQUE DA SILVA
WINNER: ION CUTELABA VIA TKO R1 0:22
ANDREWS PREDICTION: HENRIQUE DA SILVA VIA TKO
Andrews: Wow! Cutelaba landed first and never looked back. Have to tip your hat to “The Hulk.”
DAN HOOKER VS ROSS PEARSON
WINNER: DAN HOOKER VIA TKO R2 3:02
ANDREWS PREDICTION: DAN HOOKER VIA UD
Andrews: Hooker was the crisper fighter and landed that perfectly-timed knee as Pearson was moving in to seal the deal. Pearson did look competitive, but it’s another disappointing loss. He is definitely on the bubble.
#8 DEREK BRUNSON VS #15 DANIEL KELLY
WINNER: DEREK BRUNSON VIA TKO R1 1:16
ANDREWS PREDICTION: DANIEL KELLY VIA SD
Andrews: Unfortunately, Kelly could not avoid that big left hand strike and Brunson was all business from the start. This is the Brunson we needed against Anderson Silva and need to see going forward.
#6 DERRICK LEWIS VS #7 MARK HUNT
WINNER: MARK HUNT VIA TKO R4 3:51
ANDREWS PREDICTION: DERRICK LEWIS VIA TKO
Andrews: I expected Lewis to make Hunt work more, but turned out that it was the opposite. The older Hunt made the younger, bigger Lewis work, chopping him down several strikes at a time until his gas tank collapsed.