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Mark Hunt Finishes Derrick Lewis, Likely Sending Him into Retirement (UFC Auckland Results)

Mark Hunt wore Derrick Lewis down, luring him into a TKO stoppage with powerful punches at UFC Fight Night 110 on Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand.

While Lewis was searching to move up the ranks and build on a six-fight winning streak, he couldn’t find an answer to Hunt’s experience. 

Neither was quick to engage, each respectful of the other’s power. Though each man landed the occasional shot, neither fully committed to the big finishing blows that they’re each known for in the early going, instead patiently looking for the opening.

The second round was big for Hunt. He landed several big shots late in the round, starting with his patented overhand right, and kept the pressure on. Lewis answered with several good shots of his own, but Hunt plowed through them and landed more frequently and with heavier hands.

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The third frame was again a close round, but Lewis’ gas tank began to visibly empty during the round. Though neither did much damage, Hunt began working the body, likely picking up on Lewis’ depleting energy.

Continuing where round three left off, Hunt began to press even more, while Lewis continued to get slower and slower. As Hunt began landing more frequently with his jab, Lewis could barely manage lateral movement, becoming a stationary target. 

Hunt rocked Lewis late in the round. Although Lewis dug deep for one desperate jumping knee, it only served to open him up for Hunt, who moved in with several hard punches that sent Lewis to the fence. As Lewis covered up, Hunt kept attacking, leaving the referee no choice but to stop the fight.

It was an impressive performance by Hunt, who continues to fight against performance enhancing drugs in mixed martial arts, to the point of engaging in legal action against the UFC over the matter, while still managing to compete in the Octagon.

The 43-year-old, however, knows his career is winding down.

“I’ve only got a few more fights left. For me, if it ended here tonight, then so be it. I’ve had a good run,” Hunt said after the fight. “I’ve had a lot of fun. It looks like it’s still continuing though.”

Surprisingly, however, it appears that it won’t be continuing for Lewis, who also took to the microphone after the fight.

“It’s probably my last fight. I’m getting married next week and I don’t like to put my family through all this. That’ll be my last fight,” said Lewis.

Interviewer Brian Stann tried to clarify whether or not Lewis was definitively retiring, but the big man would only say, “Most likely, it’ll be my last fight.”

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UFC Fight Night 110: Lewis vs. Hunt Post-Fight Press Conference Replay

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Watch the UFC Fight Night Auckland post-fight press conference, which featured several of the night’s big winners, the fighter bonuses, and the gate and attendance announcements.

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Derek Brunson Flattens Daniel Kelly (UFC Auckland Fight Highlights)

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Check out the highlights from the co-main event between Derek Brunson and Daniel Kelly at UFC Fight Night 110: Lewis vs. Hunt on Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Derek Brunson Knocks Out Daniel Kelly (UFC Auckland Results)

No. 8 ranked middleweight Derek Brunson got back in the column on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 110 in Auckland, New Zealand by knocking out No. 15 ranked Daniel Kelly in the opening round of the fight card’s co-main event.

The two southpaws stood right in front of each other from the sound of the opening bell. Brunson landed first with a leg kick. Both missed with big left hands before Brunson landed a straight left that sent Kelly crashing to the canvas face down. Brunson followed up with two more shots before the referee could stop the action. The fight lasted 76 seconds.Derek Brunson - UFC Hidalgo Post Fight

Brunson was coming off a controversial loss to former middleweight champion Anderson Silva in his last outing in February. With the win, he looks to climb the 185-pound rankings toward a title shot.

RELATED > UFC Auckland: Lewis vs. Hunt Live Results and Fight Stats

“I’ve just been working on my striking.  I work really hard.  I was cheated my last fight.  I’m sure you guys saw with Anderson Silva.  I have to make sure I come out here and finish guys so it doesn’t happen again,” said Brunson following the fight.  “It’s been a hard couple of months getting over that Anderson fight.  To come out here and perform, I feel great.”

Asked who he’s like to face next, Brunson didn’t call out a ranked fighter.  He called out Brazilian Antonio Carlos Junior, who defeated Eric Spicely by submission at UFC 212 on June 3 and called him out. 

“I’m working my toward that title shot.  Some guy just got a victory last week, Antonio Carlos Junior, I don’t really care about rankings.  You talk trash, let’s do it.  Antonio Carlos Junior, let’s do it,” he said. 

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Dan Hooker Knees Ross Pearson Into Another Dimension (UFC Auckland Fight Highlights)

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Check out the highlights from the lightweight bout between Dan Hooker and Ross Pearson at UFC Fight Night 110: Lewis vs. Hunt on Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Ion Cutelaba Knocks Out Henrique da Silva in 22 Seconds (UFC Auckland Fight Highlights)

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Check out highlights from the light heavyweight bout between Ion Cutelaba and Henrique da Silva at UFC Fight Night 110: Lewis vs. Hunt on Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Ben Nguyen Makes Quick Work of Tim Elliott (UFC Auckland Fight Highlights)

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Check out the highlights from the flyweight bout between Ben Nguyen and Tim Elliott at UFC Fight Night 110: Lewis vs. Hunt on Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Derek Brunson: ‘Dad Bod That!’

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Derek Brunson shut down all the doubters at UFC Auckland, ending Daniel Kelly’s impressive run at middleweight, while launching himself back toward title contention.

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Derrick Lewis Announces Likely Retirement Following Loss to Mark Hunt

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Derrick Lewis dropped a big surprise following his loss to Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 110 on Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand. Despite being one of the more promising fighters in the heavyweight division, even with the loss to Hunt, Lewis took to the microphone to announce that he was likely retiring following the fight.

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Mark Hunt Ends Derrick Lewis’ Heavyweight Run (UFC Auckland Fight Highlights)

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Check out the highlights from the UFC Fight Night 110: Lewis vs. Hunt main event on Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand.

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