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The UFC made its second trip to New Zealand for UFC Fight Night 110, with a six fight main card headlined by a heavyweight bout between Mark Hunt and Derrick Lewis at the Spark Arena in Auckland

In the main event of the main card, it was sixth-ranked versus seventh-ranked as home-nation favourite Mark Hunt(12-11-1NC #7HW) faced American Derrick Lewis(18-4-1NC #6HW) with the latter being the betting favourite heading into the bout

As expected the bout was entirely a striking-based affair with both fighters throwing their trademark huge punches, though Lewis also managed to mix up his strikes by utilising head-kicks and leg-kicks however Hunt blocked most in the first and second rounds

Hunt had Lewis in trouble towards the end of the second round after an even back-and-forth first and second round, with Hunt landing some of his big looping over-hand left and rights, however the American survived and made it to the third round

It was more of the same in the third round with Hunt the aggressor as he walked down the clearly fatigued Lewis who couldn’t counter Hunt’s big punches, though the American was able to avoid any major or significant damage as the fight moved into the penultimate round

Hunt’s dominance continued in the fourth round, and after partially landing a series of punches with Lewis backed against the cage the referee stepped in and waved off the fight as the exhausted Lewis simply couldn’t defend himself from the punches, with the stoppage coming at 3:51 of the round in a win that may find Hunt back within the top five of the UFC heavyweight division

The co-main event of UFC Fight Night 110 was a middleweight showdown between American Dereck Brunson(16-5 #8MW) and Australian Daniel Kelly(13-1, #15MW), with the American the betting favourite to pick up the win

Putting on a stunning display, Brunson landed a huge over-hand left hand that dropped Kelly after which the referee stepped in and stopped the fight at just 1:16 of the very first round, with Brunson bagging a highly impressive win which will likely move him into the top five in the middleweight rankings

Third from top of the card was a lightweight bout, as British fighter and long-time UFC fighter Ross Pearson(21-13-1NC) took on home-nation crowd favourite Dan Hooker(14-7) with the Brit looking to break a three fight losing streak, while Hooker was looking to bounce back from a defeat last time out

Round was an even five minutes consisting almost entirely of striking, though Hooker was able to get the better of the exchanges with the New Zealander using his jab particularly well to offset any striking rhythm Pearson tried to set
The bout continued to be even for the first two minutes of the second round, however that evenness was shattered when Hooker landed a huge standing knee to the chin of Pearson that dropped the British fight and made his mouthpiece fly out as Hooker picked up the knockout victory at 3:02 of the round

In other results from the main card, Moldova’s Ion Cu?elaba picked up a knockout victory over Brazil’s Henrique da Silva in just 0:22 seconds of the first round in a light heavyweight contest, Ben Nguyen got a rear-naked choke submission win in just 0:49 seconds against fellow American and flyweight Tim Elliot and in the opening contest of the main card Australian Alexander Volkanovski got the unanimous decision win over Japanese fighter Mizuto Hirota in a featherweight tilt

By Matthew Singh-Dosanjh