UFC Fight Night 110 Results: The Real Winners and Losers from New Zealand
The heavyweights rumbled like thunder in a land down under.
Saturday at UFC Fight Night 110 in Auckland, New Zealand, the two hardest hitters in the UFC squared off against each other. And "hardest hitters" doesn't relate to a pound-for-pound designation, either. No. These are the heavyweights.
Derrick Lewis has 18 wins in his MMA career, and 16 of them came by knockout. That's 89 percent. Not too bad. It's even worse, though, when you see the way people crumple and lose the will to compete when he touches them with that right hand.
Lewis has faced a few of his fellow headhunters before, but nothing like Mark Hunt. A Hall of Fame hitter as an MMA fighter and a kickboxer before that, Hunt has nine of 12 pro MMA wins by way of the KO.
Hunt's a New Zealand native. Did a friendly crowd put the wind at his back? Or did the slight favorite Lewis take care of business?
And that was only one of the 11 fights on the card this evening. As always, the final stat lines don't reveal everything. These are the real winners and losers from UFC Fight Night 110.
Winner: Mark Hunt
Give it up for the hardest hitter in the UFC.
Lewis had the size and reach advantages, and with a six-fight win streak, he had the momentum coming into this contest.
Hunt was able to close the distance between those edges at UFC Fight Night 110.
The New Zealander did what he does; he threw leg kicks and occasional punches, then bade his time until he was able to fire that terrible right hand. And when he was able to fire it, he fired it with extreme prejudice.
Hunt doesn't expend a ton of energy as he works his game, while Lewis—who found himself against the cage more often than not, meaning he had to try to extricate himself—began to flag.
Eventually, Hunt got inside, found his range and began to tee off in earnest. Lewis had been worn down by the leg kicks and everything else, and when Hunt struck, he fell.
"He's a pretty tough guy," Hunt said of Lewis on the post-fight show on Fox Sports 1. "We worked hard to get the win, just a matter of who could take more. ... It's a matter of timing and precision, and I just had to work him out of it, but I got there in the end."
Hunt is 43, and it's hard to know where he fits inside the heavyweight division. The person who probably has the most to say in that is Hunt.
Loser: Derrick Lewis
One of the hardest hitters in MMA may have just called it quits.
As explained in the previous slide, it wasn't Lewis' day. He threw a lot of novelty strikes, like high kicks and flying knees—things that don't have a high rate of success, especially at the heavyweight level.
Lewis took the L but in the end dropped a bit of a bombshell; we may have seen the last of The Black Beast.
He didn't say a great deal afterward, but the popular Houstonian said he had aggravated a lingering lower-back injury, then indicated to broadcaster Brian Stann in the cage that this was "most likely" his final contest.
For his own part, during the post-fight show, Hunt said "I don't think so" when he was asked whether his opponent's decision was final. Lewis is the final arbiter, though, and this loss might take a while to process. But even if he does retire at the age of 32, he'll still go down as one of the biggest hitters to enter the Octagon.
Loser: The Empire
The first transport is away.
All Ion Cutelaba needed was a few shots from the cannon to handle Henrique da Silva. Cutelaba has a reputation as a berserker, and he lived up to that by pressing forward and landing a big shot on Da Silva. Some downright sadistic ground shots were thrown in for good measure—why did he have to pin down his head like that?—and it was all over.
The Force is with him.
"I was in a rush because I have a baby at home who is going to sleep soon, and I wanted to say goodnight," Cutelaba said in a post-fight statement that was emailed to reporters. "I want to have memorable fights, and that is what I did tonight. I am ready to fight again soon. Whomever the UFC will give me, I will finish them."
I believe you, Luke, I mean, Ion Cannon. I believe you.
Winner: Alexander Volkanovski
Not a lot of people had heard of featherweight Alexander Volkanovski coming into this event.
A lot more knew him coming out.
The Australian advanced his record to 15-1 overall and 2-0 in the UFC with a dominant decision over a well-known veteran Mizuto Hirota. Volkanovski used heavy strikes on the feet and the ground to hurt and confound Hirota.
And credit Hirota's chin, because Volkanovski threw the kitchen sink early and often, melding kicks and elbows into his attack. Spinning back elbows were employed more than once on the clinch break, and you know what? They were gorgeous, they were brutal and the fans enjoyed them.
Hirota is not the man he once was, at least in terms of fighting. He's a nice, big-name victim for Volkanovski, but the Australian has a long way to go before sniffing the top 15. His were a great first two fights in the UFC, though, and this was a huge win by any measure.
Loser: The Other Dong Hyun Kim
You've got to feel bad for this guy.
First, South Korean Dong Hyun Kim has the exact same name as one of the better welterweights in the UFC (not to mention the fact they're in the same weight class). So through no fault of his own, he's pretty much always going to be in a certain amount of shadow.
Then he took a blow to his wallet, again without having done anything wrong.
Kim's opponent for UFC Fight Night 110, Thibault Gouti, was ruled out of competition mere hours before the event was scheduled to begin. An undisclosed illness was the culprit, per MMAjunkie.
It's a good thing everyone's safe and that Dong Hyun Kim—his nickname is Maestro, by the way—is still coming off a win. He'll get another shot in the UFC.
In the meantime, here's hoping he and his family didn't shell out too much for tickets and airfare.
UFC Fight Night 110 Full Card Results
Mark Hunt def. Derrick Lewis by TKO, 3:51, Rd. 4
Derek Brunson def. Dan Kelly by KO, 1:16, Rd. 1
Dan Hooker def. Ross Pearson by KO, 3:02, Rd. 2
Ion Cutelaba def. Henrique da Silva by TKO, 0:21, Rd. 1
Ben Nguyen def. Tim Elliott by submission (rear-naked choke), 0:49, Rd. 1
Alexander Volkanovski def. Mizuto Hirota by unanimous decision
Vinc Pichel def. Damien Brown by KO, 3:37, Rd. 1
Luke Jumeau def. Dominique Steele by unanimous decision
John Moraga def. Ashkan Mokhtarian by unanimous decision
Zak Ottow def. Kiichi Kunimoto by split decision
JJ Aldrich def. Chan-Mi Jeon by unanimous decision