UFC Auckland results: Mark Hunt forces standing stoppage of Derrick Lewis

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Headlined by home country hero Mark Hunt, UFC Fight Night 110: Lewis vs. Hunt drew an audience of 8,649 to Spark Arena, accounting for gate receipts of $1,150,428 NZD ($829,644 USD). Mark Hunt (13-11-1) took control of the center of the cage and walked down Derrick Lewis who responded with a pair of head kicks to back up Hunt.

In other main card action, Dan Hooker's spectacular knockout of wily veteran Ross Pearson netted him one of two $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses.

The attendance in Auckland was announce at 8,649 for a live gate of nearly $830,000 US dollars. Lewis smiles and shakes it off but Hunt and the crowd seem to think it really hurt him. Hunt's experience, patience and technical striking ability took over from there.

As always, Heavyweight fights are enthralling and one between two heavy-hitting sluggers the likes of Hunt and Lewis will be especially so. Derrick Lewis was exhausted half way through the fourth round, not able to land any significant shots on Hunt.

After the fight, Lewis hinted at a possible retirement from the sport. Lewis throws a flying knee and follows it up with a left hook that barely missed.

Mark Hunt is back and he is already eyeing his next opponent.

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The only problem is the man standing in his way: Derrick "The Black Beast" Lewis.

Nguyen was originally scheduled to meet former title contender Joseph Benavidez on the card, but an injury forced him out of the fight so Elliott stepped up to the challenge to replace him. Some nice shots to the body had Lewis in even more trouble as fatigue began to set in. "Game over", said Hunt. "If it ended for me tonight, so be it".

After losing the opening round, the 29-year-old Kiwi came from behind to win 29-28 on all three judges scorecards.

In the co-main event, Derek Brunson starched Daniel Kelly with a missile-like left hand at just 1:16 of the very first round.

Lewis enters the fight with an 18-4 record and has won 63 per cent of his duels by submission. Pearson's punch landed, but he caught the worse of the exchange, as Hooker's knee landed flush under his chin, knocking out his mouthpiece.

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