The Cinderella story continued for Mark Hunt as he was able to defeat opponent Stefan Struve by technical knockout in the third round of their co-main event fight Saturday night at Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
Hunt is now on a four-fight winning streak with three of those wins being nasty knockouts. The fight started off with some shots thrown by each man to feel out his opponent.
The height and reach discrepancy was immediately noticeable, but the smaller Hunt was still able to tag the much larger Struve. Hunt continued to land punches and kicks until Struve pulled guard and then hit a sweep to throw him into mount.
Struve continually threatened Hunt with submission attempts, but Hunt landed a big shot and defended well to end the first round.
The second round started out with Hunt landing his patented left hook. Hunt continued to come forward and was hitting Struve with combinations seemingly at will. Hunt then got close to Struve and landed a pretty nice throw and got into Struve's half-guard.
Hunt allowed Struve up, but Struve grabbed him and pulled him to the ground. Struve got into mount and began raining down some nasty ground-and-pound. Struve attempted to lock in an armbar but didn't get control of the arm. Hunt took advantage and finished the round on top.
Hunt came out and landed a massive shot to start the third round and rocked Struve. Both fighters were exhausted by this point and neither had much in their punches.
Hunt followed Struve and rocked him again, and then floored him with that deadly left hook. Struve was dazed and on the ground as Hunt walked away, and after a bit of a delayed reaction, Herb Dean called the fight and Hunt took the win.
Hunt proved he is a top-10 heavyweight with this win. He has excellent striking and his ground game is developing extremely well.
The bout I'd like to see him in next would be against Roy Nelson, assuming he defeats Cheick Kongo at UFC 159.
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