Hometown Hero Hunt Defeats Lewis
In front of his home country of New Zealand, at the Spark Arena in Auckland, Mark Hunt defeated Derrick Lewis via TKO in the main event of the most recent UFC Fight Night.
During the fourth round, with Lewis stumbling from exhaustion and wobbly legs stemming from getting hit leg kicks, Mark Hunt unleashed a flurry of heavy hands to force a TKO.
"I know Derrick Lewis is from the hood, but this is my hood," Hunt said following the bout. "I respect [Lewis]. He doesn’t use steroids. We need to come together and get steroids out of our sport."
Both men exchanged shots throughout the first, with Lewis display great athleticism and Hunt’s shin getting busted open early into the second. But things changed in the second round following an accidental eye poke by Lewis. Hunt landed a knee to the gut, and Lewis was clearly in pain.
The two men did more exchanging in the third, but Hunt appeared to be in control more, getting Lewis to back away and retreat. While Lewis was struggling to stand, Hunt seemed to abandon the leg kicks a good portion, instead waiting for the right moment to deliver the right punch and a flying knee before finishing it against a cage wall.
This snapped a six-fight win streak for Lewis, who came in placed at No. 6 in the UFC’s heavyweight rankings. Meanwhile, this is Hunt’s first win since a No Contest against Brock Lesnar (originally a loss) and loss to Alistair Overeem.
"If it ended for me tonight, it’s all good. But it looks like it’s still continuing," Hunt said.
Meanwhile, it appears Lewis may be walking away from the game. Lewis said in his interview he "most likely" has had his last fight.
"I hurt my lower back during the fight. I’m getting married next week. I can’t keep putting my family through this anymore," Lewis said.
UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Hunt Main Card (10 p.m., FOX Sports 1):
Heavyweight: Mark Hunt def. Derrick Lewis via TKO (Rd. 4, 3:51)
Middleweight: Derek Brunson def. Dan Kelly via KO (Rd. 1, 1:16)
Lightweight: Dan Hooker def. Ross Pearson via KO (Rd. 2, 3:02)
Light heavyweight: Ion Cutelaba def. Henrique da Silva via KO (Rd. 1, 0:22)
Flyweight: Ben Nguyen def. Tim Elliott via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 1, 0:49)
Featherweight: Alexander Volkanovski def. Mizuto Hirota via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Hunt Prelim Card (8 p.m., FOX Sports 1):
Lightweight: Vinc Pichel def. Damien Brown via KO (Rd. 1, 3:37)
Welterweight: Luke Jumeau def. Dominique Steele via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Flyweight: John Moraga def. Ashkan Mokhtarian via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-27)
Welterweight: Zak Ottow def. Kiichi Kunimoto via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Hunt Early Prelim Card (7 p.m., UFC Fight Pass):
Catchweight (118 lbs.): J.J. Aldrich def. Chan-Mi Jeon via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)