UFC takes to the shores of Auckland for the second time only in their history, with legendary Heavyweight Mark Hunt headlining the card against another fan favourite and fellow knockout artist, Derrick Lewis. A nice counter left hook lands for Lewis but Hunt isn't going down.
The attendance in Auckland was announce at 8,649 for a live gate of nearly $830,000 USA dollars. What are Derrick Lewis' biggest weaknesses? Whether it was out of respect for Lewis' pure power or a symptom of the huge height and reach differential, much of the fight was spent with Hunt stalking Lewis along the perimeter of the cage.
In a shock announcement afterwards, Lewis said this was "probably" his last fight and that he "couldn't put his family through it anymore", only time will tell as to whether this was a serious announcement.More news: Serial abuser? Nick Gordon arrested beating and kidnapping new girlfriend
After the fight, Lewis hinted at a possible retirement from the sport.
Lewis clipped Hunt with an overhand right to start round 2, then a jumping switch knee. Lewis is the younger fighter with more to lose tonight, so I like him.More news: Trump says he would testify under oath that Comey lied
"I don't like listening to anyone saying you can't do this otherwise I wouldn't be one of the best fighters in the world". His past five UFC wins, in fact, have all come via knockout in the opening round.
In the co-main event Derek Brunson made quick work of Dan Kelly, picking up a first round, KO win.
After consecutive losses to Australian-based, New Zealand-born title contender Robert Whittaker and Anderson Silva, that was exactly the result the American needed, improving his record to 22-5. Thankfully, referee Marc Goddard was on hand to call the fight over before Lewis got seriously hurt.More news: Apple takes on Alexa and Google with HomePod
Auckland lightweight Dan Hooker (13-7) will meet Ross Pearson (19-13, 1 NC) and Hamilton welterweight Luke Jumeau (11-3) will make his UFC debut against American Dominique Steele (14-8). As he ducked, Hooker met him with a perfectly timed knee that sent Pearson's mouthpiece flying and his body crashing to the canvas.