UFC Fight Night 110 took place Saturday night in Auckland, New Zealand, which is also the hometown of “The Super Samoan” Mark Hunt. Hunt used his first trip home as a UFC fighter as a chance to score a fourth-round TKO over fellow heavyweight Derrick Lewis. The fight looked to be anyone’s contest heading in with Lewis having knocked out five of his last six opponents.
Hunt, 43, looked to be in the best shape he’s been in years as he methodically broke Lewis down in the fight. Time and time again Hunt landed big shots to the head and body while utilizing his leg kicks, and landing shots on Lewis that would have knocked out lesser individuals. In Lewis’ defense, he also was on the attack, albeit at a lessened pace, until the third round ended as the two traded blows in what appeared to be what everyone wanted, a slug-fest.
In the fourth round, all those who watched laid witness to Lewis taking a beating while leaning against the cage for most of the round exhausted. When Lewis continued to not return any type of fight to Hunt, the referee stepped in and ended the match, earning Hunt his seventh knockout since joining the UFC. Lewis told reporters after the fight that he suffered a lower-back injury and would likely retire now. The New Orleans-born fighter’s career record dropped to 18-4 after this latest defeat.
The 32-year-old Lewis is set to get married next week and is looking for a fresh start in life, one that doesn’t have his new family worried all the time.
After the fight, Hunt spent time in the ring with his two sons celebrating the victory.
“It was a matter of time, Derrick’s a tough guy. I respect him because he doesn’t use steroids, I don’t think so,” Hunt said after the win. “I think we all need to band together to get rid of steroids in our sport and to make it an even playing field.”
Other notable matches on the card included flyweight fighters Tim Elliot taking on Ben Nguyen. Elliot carried his ranked fifth in the world reputation into this match-up with the up and coming Nguyen.
Nguyen immediately showed everyone he’s no joke, after landing a combination that dazed his opponent, he then locked in a rear-naked choke on Elliot, who quickly tapped out.
Lightweights, Dan Hooker and Ross Pearson put on a show for a brief time Saturday night trading blows in front of the 8,649 in attendance. That’s until Pearson caught a well-timed knee to the jaw in the second round that knocked him out cold. Before the referee could see Pearson was out and stop the fight, Hooker dropped a couple more shots for good measure.
“I just saw it,” Hooker said about the knee that ended the fight. “It’s something we drilled (in practice).”
Ironically, Pearson had made his way back into the fight by getting inside of Hooker’s long reach, after losing the first round. That move to the inside ultimately led to his eventual demise with the final knee shot to the jaw.
The loss dropped the “Ultimate Fighter” TV show veteran (Season 9 winner) Pearson to 0-4 in his last four match-ups.
UFC Fight Night 110 remaining card results:
- Strawweights – Chan Mi Jeon vs. J.J. Aldrich (Aldrich by unanimous decision)
- Lightweights – Thibault Gouti vs. Dong Hyun Kim (canceled)
- Welterweight – Dominique Steele vs. Luke Jumeau (Jumeau by unanimous decision)
- Flyweight – Ashkan Mokhtarian vs. John Moraga (Moraga by unanimous decision)
- Welterweight – Kiichi Kunimoto vs. Zak Ottow (Ottow by split decision)
- Lightweight – Vincent Pichel vs. Damien Brown (Pichel by first-round KO)
- Light Heavyweight – Luiz Henrique da Silva vs. Ion Cutelaba (Cutelaba by first-round TKO)
- Featherweight – Mizuto Hirota vs. Alex Volkanovski (Volkanovski by unanimous decision)
- Middleweight – Derek Brunson vs. Daniel Kelly (Brunson by first-round KO)
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