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MMAjunkie's 'Fight of the Month' for June: A slugfest in Singapore

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best fights from June. Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Fight of the Month” award for June.

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The Nominees

Paulo Borrachinha def. Oluwale Bamgbose at UFC 212

For the first few minutes of their fight, Paulo Borrachinha (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) struggled just to keep up with the frenetic violence of Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC).

Once the storm subsided and Bamgbose slowed after the opening round, though, that’s when Borrachinha took over the middleweight fight. The Brazilian overwhelmed his exhausted opponent with a vast striking arsenal, earning the TKO early in the second round.

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Mark Hunt def. Derrick Lewis at UFC Fight Night 110

A heavyweight fight between Mark Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) and Derrick Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) that on paper looked like a slugfest turned into a battle of cardiovascular strength.

Hunt took Lewis’ best shots and dragged him into deep waters. “The Super Samoan” chased “The Black Beast” around the octagon, doling out repeated shots to the body and legs until Lewis tired and slumped in exhaustion for the TKO late in the fourth round.

Li Jingliang def. Frank Camacho at UFC Fight Night 111

Li Jingliang’s (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) leg kick game was on point in his welterweight fight with UFC newcomer Frank Camacho (20-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC), and in the end it helped reward him with a unanimous decision victory.

Jingliang absorbed some hard shots from Camacho in the opening round, but his durability and grit helped him get back into the fight in the latter rounds and take the victory on the scorecards.

Heather Hardy def. Alice Yauger at Bellator 180

The transition from pro boxing to MMA couldn’t have gone much better for Heather Hardy (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), who picked up a sensational third-round TKO of Alice Yauger (4-6 MMA, 0-2 BMMA).

Hardy, who said she “fell in love” with MMA following the fight, had to overcome some early adversity and a nasty cut before she swarmed Yauger with strikes to earn the TKO late in the third round of the women’s flyweight affair.

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Tony Martin def. Johnny Case at UFC Fight Night 112

If you didn’t know it was something of a grudge match before, all you had to do was listen to Tony Martin (12-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in the second round, informing Johnny Case (12-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) that he wasn’t going anywhere in between counter right hands to the face.

The result was a unanimous decision win for Martin, who outstruck a game Case and seized control of the lightweight fight down the stretch before claiming the win with scores of 29-28 across the board.

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The Winner: Li Jingling vs. Frank Camacho

Camacho clearly has power, as he displayed in the opening moments of his UFC debut, but Jingliang seemed to have the better conditioning and all-around game.

It ultimately led Jingliang to a come-from-behind win over late replacement Camacho.

Camacho displayed his big power with the first significant punch of the fight.

He followed with a few more punches that found their mark, and Jingliang was quickly on wobbly legs. Jingliang, though, survived, and he then peppered Camacho with low kicks and took his back late in the round.

In the second round, Jingliang immediately looked for takedowns. Camacho fought it off, so “The Leech” went back to low kicks. Camacho’s energy level took a noticeable dip, though, and then Jingliang found openings to land some power punches of his own. Although the strikes were sometimes wild, they were effective, and Jingliang seemed to even up the score heading into the final frame.

In the pivotal third round, Jingliang’s low kicks were taking a toll, and his counters were on point. As Camacho sucked in wind, Jingliang used the low kicks to set up punches and take control of the fight. Camacho’s durability was on display, but not much else was.

In the end, Jingliang got the victory via 29-27, 28-27 and 29-27 scores.

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Could this really be the end of Derrick Lewis' MMA career?

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Say, just for the sake of argument, that Derrick Lewis was telling us the truth. Say that when he told us his TKO loss to Mark Hunt on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 110 would “probably” be his last fight, he really meant it. Say it wasn’t just the pain and disappointment talking. What then?

What are we supposed to make of a career as short and strange and somehow memorable as his? Roughly seven years as an active MMA fighter, three years in the UFC, only the last year of which saw him become a household name among fight fans.

And now, according to “The Black Beast,” it’s over? You know, probably?

Even without that seed of doubt, it’d be hard to believe. A 32-year-old fighter who calls it quits immediately after a loss is practically begging for a little skepticism.

That’s true in any division, but especially at heavyweight, where the talent is rare and old. Just look at the 43-year-old Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC), who gave Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) a lesson in cage control and victory via attrition in front of his hometown crowd in Auckland, New Zealand. Even he seems seems a little surprised that his career is still in progress.

But now that he’s settling down, Lewis isn’t sure he wants to keep putting his family through this. Fair enough. Fight camps and quality family time are often incompatible. As much as fighters like to say they’re doing it for their families, by which they mean sacrificing their bodies for money, the lifestyle itself is necessarily a pretty selfish one.

Plus, not all your loved ones are going to think the paychecks are worth the risk of brain trauma – or the stress of sitting around and hoping you come home in one piece.

But a Lewis exit right now would leave a considerable hole in the heavyweight division. A knockout artist with real personality? A contender still young enough to withstand the inevitable ups and downs of the weight class? Someone fans actually care about, at least in part because, when he makes inside jokes like this one at a UFC weigh-in, he seems like one of us, just another MMA nerd, albeit with actual physical skills?

Yeah, that’s someone you might like to keep around if you’re the UFC.

But let’s not kid ourselves. As much fun as Lewis has been to have around, he’s also been somewhat limited as an MMA fighter.

His striking is lethal in short bursts. His ground game consists of one move: standing up. His cardio is such that, win or lose, he’s bound to be out of breath for the post-fight interview. It’s very possible that a six-fight winning streak beginning with Viktor Pesta in 2015 and culminating with Travis Browne in February was bound to be the high-water mark for his career.

Then again, if the enduring appeal of fighters like Hunt proves anything, it’s that we’re not just here for champions in this sport. That, too, is especially true at heavyweight, where a colorful character with the power to separate other big men from their consciousness can be a draw for years to come.

But if a fighter weighs the pros and cons of that situation and decides he’d rather seek a new career elsewhere, I’m not sure I can blame him. This is a tough sport in which to be a lovable punching bag. It’s also, however, a tough sport to quit on your first try.

And remember the last time Lewis informed us of his plans for the future, how he wasn’t even going to answer the phone if his coaches or manager called him about taking another fight?

That was in February, after his win over Browne. A month later he was signing up to fight Hunt in New Zealand. Don’t be too surprised if a man who takes vacations like that ends up taking the same approach to retirement.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC-Auckland's 10 memorable moments, including Derrick Lewis' bombshell

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UFC Fight Night 110 started off slowly. The first four fights went the distance, but when things picked up steam, the card moved along rather nicely with all but one of the final six bouts ending in a finish. Those finishes included the heavyweight main event between Mark Hunt and Derrick Lewis.

Lewis entered the FS1-televised headliner on a six-fight winning streak, but despite his best efforts, he was unable to extend that streak to seven, and instead, he tasted defeat for the first time in almost two years. During the four-round contest, Lewis went deep into his bag of tricks, attempting high kicks, flying knees and even thinking about a spinning kick, but Hunt calmly took everything he had to offer. And when his opponent’s gas tank hit empty, Hunt closed the deal with strikes against the fence.

In the co-main event, another winning streak came to a close as fan favorite Daniel Kelly fell to Derek Brunson via knockout in less than 90 seconds.

UFC Fight Night 110 took place Saturday at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.

Here are 10 memorable moments from the event.

1. Sticking around

The Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) and Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) bout lasted longer than many expected, grinding along until late in the fourth round. The end came when an exhausted Lewis put his hands on his hips and backed into the fence, where Hunt delivered a few strikes before referee Marc Goddard waved off the contest.

The finish was more whimper than bang, but it showed that even at 43, Hunt remains a force in the UFC heavyweight division.

After his victory, Hunt, the oldest fighter in the UFC, said he plans on sticking around until he fights out the reported six-fight deal he signed in April 2016.

“I like to get beat up,” Hunt told MMAjunkie. “Shucks, there’s nothing else I’m good at. But I’ve got a couple of fights I want to finish. Why not see the contract out and then retire?”

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2. Somebody’s watching me

“It’s probably my last fight,” Lewis told UFC commentator Brian Stann after his loss to Hunt. “I’m getting married next week, and I don’t like to put my family through this. That will be my last fight.”

We all know MMA retirements have a tendency not to last, especially when they come seconds after a loss in a big fight. That didn’t stop two of Lewis’ fellow UFC heavyweights from commenting on his possible retirement via social media.

Travis Browne, whom Lewis knocked out in February, questioned Lewis’ heart in an Instagram post and offered to run back their fight, while up and coming Francis Ngannou tweeted that Hunt beat Lewis “like a baby.”

3. Back on track

Between August 2014 and September 2016, Brunson ran off five straight middleweight wins, with four victories coming via first-round knockout. Brunson’s stock took a hit after he dropped his next two fights, losing to Robert Whittaker and Anderson Silva. Expect a market correction when it comes to Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) after his first-round knockout win over Kelly (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC).

Brunson faced criticism for his style in the Whittaker and Silva fights. He was reckless against Whittaker and not aggressive enough against Silva. Brunson found a middle ground vs. Kelly by throwing out jabs and kicks to measure distance and timing, and when he saw an opening, he threw a hard left that dropped Kelly. A few hammerfists later, Brunson was back in the win column while bringing an abrupt end to Kelly’s four-fight winning streak.

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4. Move pays off

Dan Hooker joined the UFC’s featherweight division following a run as the Australian Fighting Championships lightweight titleholder. Three years into his UFC tenure, Hooker’s record stood at 3-3, and he decided to give lightweight another shot, starting at UFC Fight Night 110. That move paid off in a big way.

Moments after his corner implored their fighter to find his range, Hooker (14-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) connected with a knee to the chin that sent Ross Pearson (19-14 MMA, 11-11 UFC) to the mat while simultaneously launching his mouthpiece into the air. That perfectly timed strike, which ended the fight at the 3:02 mark of Round 2, earned Hooker a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus.

After the contest, Hooker told MMAjunkie he will be sticking around at lightweight.

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5. Say goodnight

Ion Cutelaba was a bit belligerent at the weigh-in, where he refused to shake the hand of light-heavyweight opponent Henrique da Silva and lunging toward him. Cutelaba (13-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) upped his aggression on fight night, marching across the cage during introductions and dragging his thumb across his throat as he got in da Silva’s (12-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) face.

Cutelaba backed up his pugnaciousness once the fight began, throwing his punches with fight-ending intentions. Cutelaba knocked down da Silva early and didn’t let up once his opponent was hurt. He landed heavy rights from inside da Silva’s guard and ended the fight in 22 seconds.

After the victory, Cutelaba told Stann he was in a hurry to end the contest so he could say goodnight to his infant daughter, who was home in Moldova.

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6. That’ll change your mood

Ben Nguyen was bummed out when he lost his chance to face Joseph Benavidez at UFC Fight Night 110. After his “Performance of the Night” winning effort against late replacement Tim Elliott, Nguyen’s mood improved significantly.

Nguyen’s aggressive striking had Elliott (14-8-1 MMA, 3-6 UFC) looking for takedowns early. After some scrambling on the mat, Nguyen (17-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) slipped in the hooks and sank in a rear-naked choke that ended the flyweight fight in 49 seconds. The loss was Elliott’s first submission defeat since Benavidez stopped him via guillotine choke in April 2014.

The quick stoppage will keep Nguyen in the mix to face a top-five opponent in his next outing, maybe even Benavidez if he heals up in time for that booking.

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7. No power outage

Alexander Volkanovski displayed some mean ground and pound in his UFC debut in November, earning a second-round TKO win over Yusuke Kasuya in a lightweight bout. Volkanovski dropped to featherweight for his UFC Fight Night 110 fight against Mizuto Hirota, and he brought his heavy hands with him.

Volkanovski (15-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) was dominant in every facet of this fight, cruising to a unanimous-decision win over Hirota (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC). While he wasn’t able to get the finish, it wasn’t for lack of trying, as Volkanovski came close to ending Hirota’s night in the first round after knocking him down with a right and following up with ground strikes.

The win puts Volkanovski’s winning streak at 12, with 10 stoppages.

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8. Rust? What rust?

Most UFC fighters don’t go more than three years between fights, but that’s the situation Vinc Pichel found himself in heading into UFC Fight Night 110. Pichel, who had been sidelined by what he called a “steamroll ball of (expletive)” since his May 2014 win over Anthony Njokuani, stepped into his lightweight fight against Damien Brown anxious to prove he still belonged in the UFC. He did just that.

Brown’s (16-10 MMA, 2-2 UFC) game plan was to pressure Pichel (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), and for most of the first round he was successful. He put Pichel on his heels. But with less than 90 seconds left in the first stanza, Pichel, backing into the fence, delivered a crisp combination that brought the fight to an abrupt end.

After the fight, Pichel informed the division of his plans.

“I ain’t stopping,” Pichel told Stann, “I’m going to go on a rampage.”

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9. He needed that

John Moraga knew he was facing questions heading into his flyweight matchup with Ashkan Mokhtarian. The former title contender hadn’t won a fight in more than two years and was in the midst of a three-fight losing streak. Had Moraga (17-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC) lost to Mokhtarian (13-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a UFC newcomer, his run with the promotion would have likely come to an end.

Moraga put on a clinic against the overmatched Mokhtarian, dominating the fight in every way and earning a unanimous decision. Now back in the win column, Moraga is sure to be tested by tougher competition the next time he steps into the octagon.

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10. That’s better

J.J. Aldrich came into her second UFC fight with a full camp behind her, and it showed. Aldrich represented herself much better against Chanmi Jeon than she did in her short notice debut vs. Juliana Lima.

Aldrich (5-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) pressured Jeon (5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) throughout the strawweight fight, showing solid technical striking ability on her way to a unanimous-decision win.

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

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Derrick Lewis responded to Travis Browne and Francis Ngannou in 'Black Beast' fashion

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Derrick Lewis appeared to be an easy target following a loss in this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 110 headliner, but the retiring heavyweight had a few final shots.

Following a fourth-round TKO loss to vet Mark Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) in the FS1-televised headliner at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) provided a surprise by suggesting he’s done fighting.

“It’s probably my last fight,” the 32-year-old said after the bout. “I’m getting married next week, and I don’t like to put my family through this. That will be my last fight.”

The announcement prompted a few reactions from fellow UFC heavyweights. They included Travis Browne, who suffered a knockout loss to “The Black Beast” earlier this year. In the buildup to the fight, Lewis mentioned Browne’s alleged past domestic violence – something Browne called “fake news.” Well, following Lewis’ loss on Saturday, Browne post a message saying he “just watched you quit” and told Lewis he should retire. However, “if you have the balls,” Browne stated he’s open to a rematch.

Additionally, fellow contender/potential future opponent Francis Ngannou also took a shot at the “baby” following the Hunt loss.

Well, this morning, Lewis, who’s one of MMA’s better social-media stars, responded (via Twitter):

Although he may be done fighting in the cage, it appears Lewis’ social-media game will remain in full effect.

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

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With Mark Hunt's win, the most stubborn career in all of MMA trudges on

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One of these days Mark Hunt really is going to retire. He has to. You get the sense that maybe he even wants to, at least until he thinks about it for two seconds.

But regardless, when that inevitable moment finally does come, don’t expect it to be accompanied by fireworks or long, tearful speeches. Expect it to look more like what happened after Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 110 main event in Auckland, New Zealand, where Hunt stopped Derrick Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in the fourth round and then told us, hey, even if that turned out to be his last fight, “so be it.”

“I’ve had a good run,” Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) said in the octagon after his victory. “I’ve had a lot of fun, traveled the world. But it looks like it’s still continuing.”

If you didn’t know better, you’d say he almost sounded surprised.

In a way, it’s hard to blame him. At 43, with more than 50 combined fights in kickboxing and MMA, Hunt has lived a few different lifetimes worth of combat sports, from birth to death to improbable resurrection. His rises never last, but neither do his declines.

So when Hunt spent four rounds slowly grinding Lewis into a physical and psychological submission, then showed up at the post-fight press conference to say, sure, he guessed he’d keep fighting, how surprised could we really be?

“I like to get beat up,” Hunt said. “Shucks, there’s nothing else I’m good at. But I’ve got a couple of fights I want to finish. Why not see the contract out and then retire?”

That leaves Hunt as a continuing fixture in the heavyweight division of a fight promotion that didn’t want him, that was in fact so convinced of his uselessness it tried to pay him not to fight. Hunt wouldn’t go away then and he won’t go away now, so what is the UFC supposed to do with him?

The fight with Lewis was one attempt to answer that question. A rising heavyweight slugger against an established one, adding a little hometown juice to a UFC Fight Night event in need of some name value. After years of building a reputation for winning all at once and then celebrating with a pleasant evening stroll, this was a fight that Hunt won a little at time.

He walked Lewis down. He trapped him against the fence and suffocated him with a slow and steady pressure. He had to take his share of punishment in return, but he didn’t seem to mind that. Without it, he’d hardly know he’d been in a fight.

In the end, Lewis wilted, grimacing his way to a TKO stoppage and a somewhat noncommittal retirement speech of his own, one tempered with words like “probably.” Hunt, meanwhile, surged to victory, breathing a little more life into his endless career. Like his lawsuit against the UFC, Hunt’s fighting days just seem to stretch on and on.

Will he ever be a UFC champion, or even get another crack at it? Maybe not. But even with a win-loss record that’s thoroughly unimpressive on paper, it’s impossible to call his career anything but a success, if only for the stubborn longevity of it.

Eventually, Hunt will have to quit. He probably won’t have much to say about it when that day does come, but sooner or later it has to happen. It just doesn’t have to happen yet, and so it won’t, which shouldn’t surprise us.

If there’s one thing we ought to know about Hunt by now, it’s that he doesn’t go away easily. Whole careers have been built on less. In a sport that’s often a contest to see who’ll give up and quit first, simply refusing to do so is one way to end up a legend.

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

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Travis Browne cuts deep with Instagram post for Derrick Lewis after UFC Fight Night 110 loss

Travis Browne is still upset with Derrick Lewis for his comments prior to their fight earlier this year, and he used Lewis’ UFC Fight Night 110 loss as a platform to fire back.

Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) made numerous remarks about Browne’s 2015 domestic violence investigation by the UFC both before and after their UFC Fight Night 105 bout in February, which “The Black Beast” won by second-round knockout. Lewis claimed Browne “beat” his former spouse, despite the allegations going unconfirmed after “inconclusive evidence.”

Moreover, Lewis has also made lewd comments about Browne’s finance, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

Following Lewis’ fourth-round TKO loss to Mark Hunt in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 110 headliner at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, Browne posted an Instagram message aimed at his former foe, urging him to retire from the sport and criticizing previous comments about having the “most heart” in the heavyweight division.

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Lewis originally stated that his disdain for Browne’s alleged history stemmed from the fact he witnessed abuse between his parents growing up. Browne referenced that history in his post, just before declaring he would be open to a rematch to settle the score.

Browne, who is currently scheduled to fight Alexey Oleinik at UFC 213 in July, wasn’t the only one to take aim at Lewis after UFC Fight Night 110. Heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou also fired shots, calling Lewis a “baby.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Francis Ngannou rips ‘baby’ Derrick Lewis after UFC Fight Night 110 loss to Mark Hunt

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Although the seemingly inevitable collision course between heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Francis Ngannou may have hit a delay after “The Black Beast” lost to Mark Hunt in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 110 headliner, the talk between the two hasn’t stopped.

Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) was shooting up the divisional rankings prior to his fourth-round TKO loss to Hunt in the FS1-televised main event at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. Ngannou (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) has been doing the same with a five-fight winning streak, and all the while fans have speculated about a potential matchup between the two powerhouse fighters.

On more than one occasion the pair have traded barbs through the media, with, among other things, Lewis stating he would be open to some “black-on-black” violence and Ngannou dismissing a fight because Lewis is “too slow.”

Considering there’s been no hesitation to take shots at each other in the past, it was no surprise “The Predator” pounced when an exhausted Lewis fell short against Hunt at UFC Fight Night 110.

Ngannou also retweeted this post.

With both fighters still young in the UFC heavyweight division, a matchup between the two is still conceivable. The biggest snap, however, could be the fact Lewis said he is “most likely” going to retire from the sport in his post-fight interview. Whether that holds remains to be seen, but it’s clear Ngannou took joy in seeing his rival falter.

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

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UFC Fight Night 110 video highlights: Mark Hunt vs. Derrick Lewis

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Mark Hunt and Derrick Lewis went at each other for nearly four rounds until one of them simply didn’t have anymore gas in the tank.

That someone was Lewis.

Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) took Lewis’ (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) best shots and chased him around the cage, doling out repeated shots to the body and legs until Lewis tired and slumped in exhaustion at the 3:51 mark of the fourth round.

The heavyweight bout headlined today’s UFC Fight Night 110 event, which took place at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the complete the highlights above.

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

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UFC Fight Night 110 bonuses: Finishes by Ben Nguyen, Dan Hooker earn them $50K

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Mark Hunt, Derrick Lewis, Ben Nguyen, and Dan Hooker each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 110 event.

Hooker and Nguyen each picked up “Performance of the Night” awards, while Hunt and Lewis took home “Fight of the Night” honors.

UFC officials announced the winners following the event, which MMAjunkie attended.

Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) and Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) went back and forth until the fourth round, when Hunt chased Lewis around the cage, doling out repeated shots to the body and legs until Lewis tired and slumped in exhaustion at the 3:51 mark of the fourth round.

Nguyen (17-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) used Tim Elliott’s (14-8-1 MMA, 3-6 UFC) frenetic grappling against him, taking the back and sinking in a choke in the first round to earn an upset win inside 1 minute.

Hooker (14-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) polished off Pearson (19-14 MMA, 11-11 UFC) with a perfectly times knee that sent his mouthpiece flying for a second-round knockout.

UFC Fight Night 110 took place Sunday (but aired live in the U.S. on Saturday due to time difference) at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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

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Twitter reacts to Mark Hunt's TKO, Derrick Lewis' 'likely' retirement at UFC Fight Night 110

Mark Hunt got back on track in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 110 main event when he defeated Derrick Lewis for his first victory since March 2016.

Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) took care of business in home territory when he snapped Lewis’ (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) lengthy winning streak with a fourth-round TKO victory in the FS1-televised headliner at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.

After the fight, “The Black Beast” said he was “most likely” going to retire from MMA.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Hunt’s victory over Lewis in the UFC Fight Night 110 main event.

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http://twitter.com/ChaseShermanUFC/status/873759676546023424

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For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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