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10 reasons to watch UFC Fight Night 110, with a behemoth of a heavyweight headliner

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The majority of the UFC’s top heavyweight talent doesn’t come all that close to hitting the maximum allowable weight limit for the division. For instance, champion Stipe Miocic checked in at 246 pounds for his latest title defense, which came against former champ Junior Dos Santos, who tipped the scales at 245.

The headliners in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 110 main event, on the other hand, are the exception to that rule. Both Derrick Lewis and Mark Hunt came in at the 265-pound limit.

These are big dudes who do big-dude damage when they step into the octagon.

Combined, Lewis and Hunt have gone the distance three times in their UFC careers, so it’s probably safe to assume only one of these two behemoths is going to be standing at the conclusion of this fight.

In the co-main event, perennial underdog Daniel Kelly looks to extend his unlikely winning streak against Derek Brunson, who hopes to end a two-fight skid.

UFC Fight Night 110 takes place at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Here are 10 reasons to watch the event.

1. A beastly streak

Since losing to Shawn Jordan in June 2015, Lewis has won six straight fights, which gives him the longest active winning streak in the UFC’s heavyweight division. That streak, and the fact that five of those wins have come via knockout, have Lewis ranked No. 7 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings. At UFC Fight Night 110, he faces No. 11 Hunt (12-11-1 MMA, 7-5-1 UFC), who has put together a 2-1 record with one no-contest during Lewis’ (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) winning streak.

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This is a fight that could put Lewis in line for a title shot. With the future of former champion Cain Velasquez still up in the air, the division needs a marketable opponent for Miocic’s next title fight, and Lewis fits the bill. As for Hunt, despite his ongoing legal battles with the UFC and company president Dana White, he remains a fan favorite, and a win in his home country would be huge for Hunt and the UFC’s future in the New Zealand/Australia market.

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2. Finding the right balance

Kelly, the man seemingly held together with reinforced box tape, is in the midst of a four-fight winning streak, which includes a split-decision victory over former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans. At UFC Fight Night 110, Kelly (13-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC), an honorable mention in the middleweight rankings, tries to break into the top 15 when he faces No. 12 Brunson (16-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC).

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Meanwhile, Brunson looks to avoid the first three-fight skid of his career. Brunson needs to find a balance between the ultra-aggressive style that cost him in a TKO loss against Robert Whittaker and the more passive game plan he used while dropping a close decision to Anderson Silva.

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3. A former ‘TUF’ winner feels the heat

Dan Hooker did his best to keep his most recent opponent, Jason Knight, at distance. But Knight had none of that and pushed forward and left Hooker (13-7 MMA, 3-3 UFC) unable to mount any sustained offense. Hooker, who lost to Knight via decision, could have better luck when he moves up to lightweight to fight Ross Pearson (19-13 MMA, 11-10 UFC), who likes to be the aggressor in his fights, albeit at a more controlled pace than Knight.

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The stakes are high for Pearson, and that could change the way he approaches the bout. He’s 1-4 in his last five fights and could be fighting for his UFC spot against Hooker, who has alternated wins and losses since joining the UFC in 2014.

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4. Short notice, big fight

Tim Elliott washed out of the UFC in 2015 after going 2-4. Shortly after his release, he won the Titan FC flyweight title and defended it twice. Elliott then joined Season 24 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” winning that competition to earn a shot at flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

Elliott took Johnson five rounds, dropping a unanimous decision. He followed that loss with a “Fight of the Night” decision victory over Louis Smolka in April. Despite earning a $50,000 bonus, Elliott was disappointed with his performance.

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Now ranked No. 15 in the division, Elliott (14-7-1 MMA, 3-5 UFC) steps in on short notice to face Ben Nguyen, an honorable mention in the rankings. Nguyen (17-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC) was originally booked to face No. 2 Joseph Benavidez before an injury knocked the formr title challenger from the event. Nguyen is coming off a decision win over Geane Herrera.

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5. Looking for a repeat performance

There was a lot to like about Alexander Volkanovski’s UFC debut. He displayed good clinch work and strong takedowns, but where he stood out was his striking, especially on the ground. Volkanovski earned a second-round TKO win over Yusuke Kasuya in November thanks to those strikes.

It was his sixth straight stoppage and 11th consecutive victory. At UFC Fight Night 110, Volkanovski (14-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) gets to test himself against a fighter with a similar style in former DEEP lightweight champion Mizuto Hirota (18-7-2 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC), who is coming off a win over Cole Miller.

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6. Been a long, long time

Vinc Pichel’s last fight was so long ago, his last two opponents are no longer with the UFC.

In his first fight since May 2014, Pichel faces Damien Brown at lightweight. Injuries inside and outside the cage have kept Pichel (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) on the shelf. Before his prolonged absence, he was on a two-fight winning streak. Brown (17-9 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who did not debut with the UFC until March 2016, is 2-1 with the promotion and most recently earned a split-decision win over Jon Tuck.

 

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7. Staying alive

In 2013, John Moraga, then ranked in the top five in the flyweight division, fought champion Johnson, who won by submission in the fifth round. Since then, Moraga has gone 3-4, losing his last three fights by decision. Currently ranked No. 12, Moraga is likely more worried about getting back in the win column than he is about his rankings.

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Moraga (16-6 MMA, 5-5 UFC) welcomes Ashkan Mokhtarian to the UFC. Mokhtarian (13-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) enters the UFC with 12 finishes in his 13 victories.

8. Tough test in debut

Luke Jumeau’s last two losses came back in 2013 to Li Jingliang and Jake Matthews before they each made the jump to the UFC. Since those submission defeats, Jumeau has run off six straight wins, most recently earning a TKO over former UFC fighter Vik Grujic.

Jumeau spent most of the first round of the Grujic matchup fighting off a rear-naked choke. He ended the contest in the second round after a left to the back of Grujic’s head ended the fight in a somewhat controversial TKO stoppage.

Jumeau has his work cut out for him in his UFC debut, where he meets Dominque Steele. Jumeau (12-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) tends to fight flatfooted while throwing single strikes. Grujic also easily took him to the mat. This welterweight bout could allow Steele (14-8 MMA, 1-3 UFC) to continue to work on his developing striking while going back to his wrestling base if he finds trouble on the feet. Steele is on a two-fight losing skid, most recently dropping a decision to Court McGee.

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9. You’re the next contestant

Chan-Mi Jeon is the latest entrant in the when-the-UFC-calls-you-say-yes sweepstakes, agreeing to face strawweight J.J. Aldrich on short notice. The 19-year-old Jeon has very limited MMA experience against opponents you’ve heard of, with the exception being her recent win over 44-year-old Megumi Yabushita, whom she defeated in September.

Against her overmatched competition, Jeon (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has looked good, racking up four knockout victories. But does she have a chance to upset Aldrich (4-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC)? Sure, but the more likely outcome is that Jeon will learn what she needs to work on to compete in the UFC.

Aldrich enters the fight coming off a decision loss to Juliana Lima.

10. Short notice, bright prospects

If you were paying attention, you’d know that up until May 31, only 10 fights were announced for UFC Fight Night 110. The number increased to 12 that day, when a main-card bout between light heavyweights Ion Cutelaba (12-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Henrique da Silva (12-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and a lightweight prelim matchup of Dong Hyun Kim (14-8 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Thibault Gouti (11-3 MMA, 0-3 UFC) were added to the card.

Despite some late shuffling to get the card finalized and announced, UFC Fight Night 110 could have a major impact on the organization’s future plans in Australia and New Zealand, where UFC executives are bullish on the market.

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If the crowd and the local fighters deliver at UFC Fight Night 110, expect the organization to return Oceania a little more often.

For more on UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie

UFC Fight Night 110 pre-event facts: Derrick Lewis then Conor McGregor on this KO list

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The UFC makes its second trip to New Zealand on Saturday when UFC Fight Night 110 takes place at Spark Arena in Auckland. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Headlining the promotion’s Oceania return is a heavyweight showcase between streaking knockout artist Derrick Lewis (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) and struggling veteran Mark Hunt (12-11-1 MMA, 7-5-1 UFC).

For more on the numbers behind the UFC’s upcoming event, check below for 40 pre-fight facts about UFC Fight Night 110.

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Main event

Derrick Lewis

Lewis makes his 12th UFC heavyweight appearance since 2014, the most in the division and tied for third most among all UFC fighters behind Donald Cerrone (13) and Neil Magny (13).

Lewis competes in his third consecutive UFC main event since December. He’s 2-0 in his previous headliners.

Lewis’ six-fight UFC winning streak in heavyweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Lewis has earned 16 of his 18 career victories by knockout. That includes eight of his nine wins under the UFC banner.

Lewis’ eight knockout victories in UFC competition since 2014 are the most among active fighters in the organization. Conor McGregor is second with six.

Lewis’ eight knockout victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied for the third most in divisional history behind Cain Velasquez (10) and Andrei Arlovski (nine).

Lewis is the only fighter in history to have his first eight UFC appearances end in a knockout.

Lewis absorbs 1.23 significant strikes per minute in UFC heavyweight competition, the second-best rate in divisional history behind Jon Madsen (1.18).

Mark Hunt

Hunt, 43, is the oldest active fighter in the UFC heavyweight division. He’s also the oldest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Hunt has earned all nine of his career stoppage victories by knockout. That includes seven of his eight wins under the UFC banner.

Hunt defends 72.2 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC heavyweight competition, the fourth highest rate among active fighters in the weight class behind Arlovski (84.3 percent), Travis Browne (83.3 percent) and Junior Dos Santos (80.5 percent).

Hunt has suffered all of his career losses by stoppage.

Co-main event

Derek Brunson

Derek Brunson (16-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) is one of five fighters in modern UFC history to register both a knockout and submission victory in less than one minute each. Joe Lauzon, Ronda Rousey, Tom Lawlor and Arlovski also accomplished the feat.

Brunson’s five first-round stoppage victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Chris Leben for most in divisional history.

Daniel Kelly

Daniel Kelly’s (13-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak in middleweight competition is the fifth longest active streak in the division behind Yoel Romero (eight), Robert Whittaker (six), champ Michael Bisping (five) and Gegard Mousasi (five).

Kelly has won as the underdog in five of his six UFC victories.

Kelly has earned four of his six UFC victories by decision.

Kelly defends 65.2 percent of all opponent significant strike attempts in UFC middleweight competition, the second highest rate among active fighters in the weight class behind Bisping (66.6 percent).

Remaining main card

Ross Pearson

Ross Pearson (19-13 MMA, 11-10 UFC) makes his 12th UFC appearance since 2014, tied with Lewis for third most among all UFC fighters behind Cerrone (13) and Magny (13).

Pearson enters the event on a career-worst three-fight losing skid. He’s 4-6 (with one no-contest) in his past 11 fights overall.

Pearson is 6-6 with one no-contest since he returned to the UFC lightweight division in December 2012.

Pearson’s five knockout victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Melvin Guillard (seven), B.J. Penn (six) and Edson Barboza (six).

Pearson’s three split-decision losses in UFC competition are tied for second most in company history behind Jorge Masvidal (four).

Dan Hooker (13-7 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has earned 12 of his 13 career victories by stoppage. He’s finished nine of those wins in Round 1.

Tim Elliott

Tim Elliott (14-7-1 MMA, 3-5 UFC) is 1-1 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in December.

Elliott’s 35 takedowns landed in UFC flyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Demetrious Johnson (49).

Elliott lands 67.3 percent of his takedown attempts in UFC flyweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

Alex Volkanovski (14-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) enters the event on an 11-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since May 2013.

Preliminary card

Vinc Pichel

Vinc Pichel (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since May 24, 2014. The 1,113-day layoff is the longest of his nearly eight-year career.

Dominique Steele (14-8 MMA, 1-3 UFC) is one of eight fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a slam takedown. He accomplished the feat against Dong Hyun Kim at UFC Fight Night 79.

John Moraga (16-6 MMA, 5-5 UFC) competes in his 11th UFC flyweight bout, the third most appearances in divisional history behind champ Johnson (13) and Joseph Benavidez (12).

John Moraga

Moraga enters the event on a three-fight losing skid. He hasn’t earned a victory since December 2014.

Moraga’s four stoppage victories in UFC flyweight competition are tied for the second most in divisional history behind Johnson (six).

Moraga’s three submission victories in UFC flyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Johnson (four).

Moraga is one of 22 fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from standing elbow strikes. He accomplished the feat against Ulysses Gomez at UFC on FOX 4.

Moraga was the first fighter in UFC flyweight history to be stopped between rounds when John Dodson defeated him by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at UFC Fight Night 42.

Kiichi Kunimoto

Kiichi Kunimoto (18-6-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Feb. 4, 2015. The 857-day layoff is the longest of his more than 11-year career.

Chan-Mi Jeon (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 19, is the youngest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (14-8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is 1-1 since he dropped to the UFC lightweight division in June 2016.

For more on UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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