UFC Fight Night Recap: KO-Mania in Auckland

UFC pro fighter Mark Hunt

Jason Lake

Sunday, June 11, 2017 4:07 PM GMT

Sunday, Jun. 11, 2017 4:07 PM GMT

The UFC odds moved late toward Derrick Lewis, but it was Mark Hunt taking the victory Saturday night in front of his fellow Kiwis – one of five knockouts on the evening.

How do you like that: Of all the 11 fights on Saturday’s Fight Night 110 card in New Zealand, it was the main event between Derrick Lewis and Mark Hunt that went the longest. The two Heavyweights made it into the fourth round before Hunt was finally able to secure the knockout; the pride of South Auckland was +135 on the UFC odds board at the close, up from –105 when we checked in on this fight a few days ago.

Good thing they didn’t take much longer. We had Saturday’s main event ending before Round 5 in our Ubetting picks, at what turned out to be a very reasonable –388; that price was up to –505 by the time they closed the ticket window. But they sure made us sweat for it here at the home office. Referee Marc Goddard called the fight a TKO (exhaustion) with 1:09 remaining in the fourth.
 

Heavy Breathing
It was exhausting just watching this fight. Lewis looked good early, but he expended a lot of energy, and Hunt persisted. Heavy leg kicks took away some of Lewis’ big-man agility; lack of oxygen did the rest. Hunt ended up landing nearly half his strikes (59 of 125, 47 percent), all of them significant. It’s a testimony to both men that neither was properly knocked out. Sadly, it appears Lewis is leaning toward retiring, but Hunt doesn’t seem ready to hang up his gloves at age 43.

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Fantastic performance from Hunt, his best in years. He pushed the pace and used his craft and experience to break Lewis down. #UFCAuckland

— Patrick Wyman (@Patrick_Wyman) June 11, 2017
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If you’re going to get knocked out in the Octagon, exhaustion is a pretty good choice. There are four gentlemen I can think of who would agree: Dan Kelly (punches), Rick Ross (knee), Henrique da Silva (punches) and Damien Brown (punches), who all had their lights turned out Saturday. Their four fights lasted a combined total of 13:17, or about five minutes less than how long it took Hunt to defeat Lewis. I guess they were in a hurry to catch Terry & Friends at the Sawmill Cafe.

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