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Monday Morning Hangover: Should Mark Hunt retire after lopsided loss to Stipe Miocic?

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Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone, as UFC Fight Night 65 blew the roof off the Adelaide Entertainment Center last Saturday night (May 9, 2015) in Adelaide, Australia.

For complete results from UFC Fight Night 65: "Miocic vs. Hunt," including play-by-play updates, click here.

Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Brad Tavares, who was knocked out by the sneaky left hooks of Robert Whittaker in less than a minute of action (video replay here). And Anthony Perosh, who was sent to the showers by Sean O'Connell after "Real OC" beat the brakes off the "Hippo," also in less than a minute (recap).

But which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, now 48 hours removed from the UFC Fight Pass event?

Mark Hunt.

"Super Samoan" looked to get back into the win column after failing to capture the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim heavyweight title last year against Fabricio Werdum. In the process, the heavy-handed bruiser hoped to begin a new streak for another shot at the strap.

Unfortunately, Hunt ran into a very determined -- and perhaps angry -- Stipe Miococ, who looked to erase the memory of coming up short on the judges' scorecards against Junior dos Santos earlier this year. A fight many believe the Croat should have won.

He took out his frustration on Hunt, who was battered and bruised for four-and-a-half rounds before eventually getting put away via strikes. Something that is not easily done against the former PRIDE FC slugger.

From the get-go, Miocic looked to show Hunt, as well as the rest of the mixed martial arts (MMA) world, that he wasn't afraid to put up his Golden Glove boxing skills against those of the former kickboxer. But, he didn't put all of his eggs in one basket (a wise decision), as Stipe mixed in his striking with numerous takedowns followed by some brutal ground-and-pound.

After all, staying too long on the feet against Hunt is not the wisest thing to do.

After wearing down the pudgy pugilist, it was pretty much domination for Stipe, who eventually put together enough punches (perhaps too many) to force the referee to mercifully call an end to the fight (highlights).

In the end, all that was left was a battered and heavily-bruised Hunt (see the damage here and here). While his toughness can't be denied, it was difficult watching "Super Samoan" absorb blow after blow ... after blow.

The loss is a devastating one for the longtime veteran, as it now sends him tumbling down the heavyweight ladder. And that much-desired second shot at UFC gold seems to be drifting away little by little. What was once the best Cinderella story in MMA is now turning into a Greek tragedy, as losing two bouts in the same violent manner is tough to swallow.

Retirement may be inevitable.

The 41-year-old fan favorite now faces an uphill battle if he does in fact continue to compete. Should that be the case, perhaps a fight against Gabriel Gonzaga -- who has also seen better days inside the Octagon -- is in order.

But don't count Hunt out just yet, because he still has the ability to build himself another win streak, thanks to his one-punch knockout power.

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