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UFC Fight Night 110 Lewis Vs. Hunt

The UFC returns to action on FS1 this Saturday from down under in Auckland, New Zealand for UFC Fight Night 110. The main event of this card will match up two fan favorite heavyweights in Mark Hunt and Derrick Lewis. The UFC must have paid “The Black Beast” a pretty penny to fly around the world to fight the “Super Samoan.” Both fighters will be logging some serious frequent flier miles for what could amount to five minutes of work. A solid main event paired with some Australian and New Zealand talent makes for an interesting night of fights.

First and foremost, the main event should end in spectacular walk-off knockout fashion. The only way this doesn’t is if both fighters experience serious jet lag and time change fatigue which could be an issue for these big boys. Both gentlemen don’t have elite gas tanks for heavyweights and will probably look to land the finishing shot early. Mark Hunt will be giving up five inches in height and seven inches of reach to The Black Beast. This hasn’t been much of a problem in the past for Hunt, who usually comes in the shorter guy. Knockouts of Stefan Struve and Antonio Silva are evidence that Hunt can knock out a taller opponent.

The Black Beast (Derrick Lewis) is riding the momentum of a six-fight win streak along with a new lucrative UFC contract. A win here should catapult Lewis into title contention. What looks like a trap fight for Lewis may not be. One would think complacency of a nice new contract and a long winning streak could curb the Black Beast’s appetite for violence. On the contrary, Lewis is traveling around the world to fight a dangerous opponent in hopes that a win in New Zealand will move him into the number one contender spot for the heavyweight belt. His chances are looking good here for several reasons. Hunt has suffered a recent brutal knockout to Alistair Overeem just three months ago. Hunt also absorbed a brutal beating from Brock Lesnar which was overturned from TKO to no contest when Lesnar tested positive for PEDs. Hunt comes back too soon and gets slept by Derrick Lewis early in the second round.

The next fight on the main card that is sure to bring fireworks down under is Ion “The Hulk” Cutelaba vs. Henrique “Frankenstein” da Silva. Both fighters sport a KO/TKO finish percentage of 75% or better. Cutelaba and da Silva are coming off of losses and are eager to get a win here. Da Silva may be more desperate to make a statement because he is coming off of two consecutive losses. Frankenstein may have the advantage on the ground with his BBJ background but Cutelaba is a more than adequate grappler and scored six takedowns in his last fight against Jared Cannonier. It is hard to say if these warriors are fighting for their UFC futures but the light heavyweight division is making a comeback with Jones/DC2 this summer. If these young men want to break into the top ten, someone has got to go to sleep in this fight. Expect a furious pace from the opening round until the fight is stopped. A very close fight but Cutelaba might start faster than da Silva and if he can land the heavier shots early on, he can finish da Silva. A late first round stoppage by KO for Ion “The Hulk” Cutelaba.

The third fight on this card that has finish potential is Alexander Volkanovski vs. Mizuto Hirota. A former professional rugby player, Volkanovski is the hometown guy in this fight. Alexander “The Great” is 14-1 with a 64% KO/TKO percentage and a 21% submission rate to his name. This is a matchmaking gift for Volkanovski; Hirota doesn’t sport a strong takedown defense or striking defense. Hirota doesn’t have a submission victory on his record so the threat of submission is a non-factor for Volkanovski in this fight. This is Alexander “The Great’s” fight to shine in front of what should be a hometown crowd. Expect to see Volkanovski out strike Hirota on the feet and land takedowns at will against. Alexander overwhelms Hirota everywhere in the octagon en route to an early third round referee stoppage.

Main Card (10 PM ET, FS1)

Derrick Lewis vs. Mark Hunt
Derek Brunson vs. Dan Kelly
Daniel Hooker vs. Ross Pearson
Ion Cutelaba vs. Luis Henrique da Silva
Tim Elliott vs. Ben Nguyen
Alex Volkanovski vs. Mizuto Hirota

Preliminary Card (8 PM ET, FS1)

Damien Brown vs. Vinc Pichel
John Moraga vs. Askhan Mokhtarian
Luke Jumeau vs. Dominique Steele
Kiichi Kunimoto vs. Zak Ottow

Preliminary Card (7 PM ET, Fight Pass)

JJ Aldrich vs. Chan-Mi Jeon
Thibault Gouti vs. Dong Hyun Kim

Chris Grabowski

Chris Grabowski

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Former Division 1 athlete turned combat sports enthusiast. Combat sports can be described as human problem solving with dire physical consequences.
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