UFC Fight Night 110 results: Mark Hunt wins grueling battle vs. Derrick Lewis with 4th-round TKO


A heavyweight fight that on paper looked like a slugfest turned into a battle of cardiovascular strength.

Mark Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) took Derrick Lewis’ (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) best shots and chased him around the cage, doling out repeated shots to the body and legs until Lewis tired and slumped in exhaustion at the 3:51 mark of the fourth round.

“It’s a pretty good feeling,” Hunt said afterward. “I know Derrick Lewis is from the ‘hood, but this is my ‘hood. I run this town.”

The heavyweight bout headlined today’s UFC Fight Night 110 event, which took place at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

In a fight full of surprises, Hunt started things off by indicating he could retire after his win, while Lewis said he “most likely” fought his last fight in the UFC.

Hunt snapped Lewis’ six-fight win streak that put him at No. 7 fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings. Known as much for brash honesty as for sarcastic humor, Lewis struck a more serious note.

“It’s probably my last fight,” he said. “I’m getting married next week, and I don’t like to put my family through this. That will be my last fight.”

Taken aback, UFC commentator Brian Stann sought to clarify.

“You said probably, or it will be?” he asked.

“Most likely it will be my last fight,” Lewis said.

Lewis said he’d re-injured his lower back, leading him to limp toward the end of the fight. He brushed off the leg kicks he took from Hunt, who spent much of the later rounds chasing him around the octagon and attacking the targets he could reach.

Lewis towered over Hunt and carried a seven-inch reach advantage, leaving Hunt the unenviable task of avoiding Lewis’ bombs while sneaking in his famous right hand and left hook. Several times, Hunt put them into use, only to see Lewis shrug and circle away, starting the chase all over again.

Hunt managed to stay upright when Lewis unleashed a series of leaping knees and head kicks. But he struggled to pin down his bigger opponent. It was only when he started to attack the body that he found he could slow down Lewis.

Near the close of the third, Lewis’ hands were on his hips with Hunt in hot pursuit. Most of the fourth round was all Hunt, with the “Super Samoan” ripping more to the body as Lewis tried to get away.

When the end came, it wasn’t one decisive shot that appeared to end the fight, but rather a succession of blows that caused Lewis to slump over. Seeing no intelligence defense, referee Marc Goddard stepped in and waved off the bout.

It was a triumphant end to a night in which Australian and New Zealand fighters were inconsistent in outcomes. The night’s co-main event saw former Olympic judoka Dan Kelly knocked out in short oder by Derek Brunson.

Soaking in the buzz with his sons, Hunt, 43, welcomed a bout with a higher-ranked fighter. But perhaps in a nod to a legal fight with the UFC, he acknowledged that his career could take a different direction.

“I respect (Lewis) because he doesn’t use steroids,” said Hunt, referring to a pair of failed drug tests that kicked off his lawsuit against the industry-leader. “I think we all need to ban together to get rid of steroids in our sport, and to make it an even playing field. But I want to thank each and every one of you for your support.

“Anybody above me is good. I stepped down for Derrick because he was No. 6, but anyone above me, I’ll take. I’ve only got a few more fights left, so for me, if it ended here tonight, so be it. I’ve had a good run. I’ve had a lot of fun, traveled the world. But it looks like it’s still continuing.”

 

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