Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the hurt business today (Sat., June 10, 2017) for UFC Fight Night 110 live from inside Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. The FOX Sports 1-televised event, which will be headlined by a hard-hitting Heavyweight scrap between Derrick Lewis and Mark Hunt, will also feature a co-main event between Derek Brunson and Dan Kelly, which will be contested at Middleweight.
Who is fighting tonight at UFC Fight Night 110? Derrick Lewis vs. Mark Hunt is the main event.
When does UFC Fight Night 110 start? Today (Sat., June 10, 2017), beginning at 7 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass.
Where will UFC Fight Night 110 take place? Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.
How can I watch UFC Fight Night 110? Main card start time at 10 p.m ET on FOX Sports 1. "Prelims" undercard on FOX Sports 1 start time at 8 p.m. ET, with Fight Pass “Prelims” beginning at 7 p.m ET.
Where can I get UFC Fight Night 110 updates and results? Get full play-by-play coverage and live updates here!
Derrick Lewis is scorching hot at the moment, winning six straight fights inside the Octagon, five of them via knockout. In doing so, “Black Beast” has become must-see TV, as not only are his bouts entertaining, but so are his post-fight speeches. That said, as fast and as violent as Lewis can finish bouts, he will meet someone who is equally (if not more) heavy-handed than he is, as “Super Samoan” has long been known as one of the greatest knockout artists in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA). A win for Lewis will be undoubtedly the biggest of his combat career and would catapult him to the top of the list when it comes to dishing out the next title fight at 265-pounds. For Hunt, the fight is a chance to prove he can still hang with the biggest, baddest of them all and will also get him back into the win column after getting knocked out by Alistair Overeem in his previous outing.
The rest of the card does not look that appealing. In fact, the co-main event isn’t all the great, either. I get it, it’s not a major pay-per-view (PPV) event, it’s overseas, but Brunson vs. Kelly really doesn’t do all that for me. On any other event, a bout like this may be headlining the “Prelims.” Plus, Kelly has won four in a row, why they matched him up against a fighter who has dropped two straight doesn’t make much sense.
Original Card vs. Actual Card:
Joseph Benavidez was all set to tango against Ben Nguyen in he original co-main event, but “Joe Jitsu” was ultimately forced out of the event due to a late injury. As a result, Tim Elliott stepped in to face Nguyen. Zak Ottow stepped in on late notice to face Kiichi Kunimoto after Warlley Alves was forced out of the event. Furthermore, UFC newcomer Nadia Kassem was scheduled to face J.J. Aldrich, but she, too, was sidelined by the injury bug and replaced by Chan-Mi Jeon.
Joseph Benavidez, Warlley Alves, and Nadia Kassem were all victims of the injury bug for an event that was already lacking in star power.
Ashkan Mokhtarian will brings his six-fight win streak with him to New Zealand for his Octagon debut against long-time UFC veteran, John Moraga. Luke Jumeau — who is also riding a six-fight win streak — makes his UFC debut against Dominique Steele. Chan-Mi Jeon — who is barely 19 years of age -- will make her first appearance under the UFC’s bright lights as she faces JJ Aldrich on just two weeks notice.
How The “Prelims” Look:
Just, weak. I can’t even begin to describe the lack of effort UFC matchmakers put into filling the under card. I mean, when making an event like this, I think to myself, “Why not move these pieces around to another event, and not bother making a card like this at all?” It may sound like I’m being too harsh, but, man a little bit more effort would’ve been nice.
Who Needs A Win Badly:
Derek Brunson has now dropped two in a row to Anderson Silva and Robert Whittaker after previously winning five straight (four via knockout). Granted, he likely won’t get cut with a loss, but he doesn’t need three strikes, as it will not only make him fall from the rankings even further, but it could put him in a do-or-die situation down the road with UFC.
Interest Level: 5/10
Aside from the headlining bout, the rest of the card doesn’t do much for me. Call me “hard to please,” or whatever, but there’s no other way to say it. And while I am thrilled to see Hunt and Lewis go at it, I don’t expect this fight to go past the first round. And while there is nothing wrong with that, as who doesn’t love a good knockout, but the fact that you have to sit through the rest of the event just to get there is hard to swallow. That said, another main card fight I am interested in is seeing if Alex Volkanovski can collect his twelfth straight win after shining in his Octagon debut last November.
Full UFC Fight Night 110 fight card:
UFC Fight Night 110 Main Event:
205 lbs.: Derrick Lewis vs. Mark Hunt
UFC Fight Night 110 Main Card On FOX Sports 1 (10 p.m. ET):
185 lbs.: Derek Brunson vs. Daniel Kelly
155 lbs.: Dan Hooker vs. Ross Pearson
205 lbs.: Ion Cutelaba vs. Henrique da Silva
125 lbs.: Tim Elliott vs. Ben Nguyen
145 lbs.: Mizuto Hirota vs. Alex Volkanovski
UFC Fight Night 110 “Prelims” On FOX Sports 1 (8 p.m. ET):
155 lbs.: Damien Brown vs. Vinc Pichel
170 lbs.: Luke Jumeau vs. Dominique Steele
125 lbs.: Ashkan Mokhtarian vs. John Moraga
170 lbs.: Kiichi Kunimoto vs. Zak Ottow
UFC Fight Night 110 “Prelims” On Fight Pass (7 p.m. ET):
115 lbs.: J.J. Aldrich vs. Chan-Mi Jeon
155 lbs.: Thibault Gouti vs. Dong Hyun Kim
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