Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to action for UFC Fight Night 110: “Lewis vs. Hunt” which went down yesterday (Sat., June 10, 2017) inside Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand airing live on Fox Sports 1. The promotion's latest mixed martial arts (MMA) card was headlined by a Heavyweight fight that saw Mark Hunt eventually finish Derrick Lewis in the fourth round via technical knockout (highlights). Also, Derek Brunson got back on the winning track by knocking out Daniel Kelly in the very first round (see it again here).
Winner: Mark Hunt
Who He Should Fight Next: Francis Ngannou
One rising contender down, another to go? Many clamored for a fight between Lewis and Francis, and most expected it to go down had Lewis proved victorious against “Super Samoan.” But since a very slim Hunt flipped the script, I’d like to see this hard-hitting bout in the near future. Mark said he’d be willing to face anyone ranked above him, and Ngannou fits the bill. “The Predator” also likes to throw bombs, which is right up Hunt’s alley. There were talks about booking Junior dos Santos vs Francis in August, but since “JDS” is coming off a championship knockout loss just last month, I don’t like that bout one bit. I’d rather see Hunt and Francis, two men coming off big wins, go at it for the right to climb into a top three spot.
Winner: Derek Brunson
Who He Should Fight Next: David Branch
Brunson got back on the winning track after dropping back-to-back losses to Robert Whittaker and Anderson Silva. Afterward, Derek accepted Antonio Carlos Junior’s recent callout, but that fight does not make sense, at all. Sorry, just no. Instead, I’d like to see Brunson face off against David Branch. David made his way back to the Octagon last month at UFC 211 to earn his eleventh straight win. Brunson and Branch are ranked No. 8 and No. 9, respectively, so a bout between the two makes sense in more ways than one.
Winner: Dan Hooker
Who He Should Fight Next: James Vick
Hooker scored a very-impressive knockout win over longtime veteran Ross Pearson in front of his hometown fans (see it again here), walking away with a “Performance of the Night” bonus. The problem with Hooker is he just can’t seem to find a consistent rhythm, alternating wins and losses for his UFC career. A fight against Vick -- who recently won at UFC 211 -- sounds like a good matchup for both men. Vick likes to stand-and-bang, while Hooker has shown he’s all about giving fight fans a standup war. Book it.
Winner: Ion Cutelaba
Who He Should Fight Next: Gadzhimurad Antigulov
You want to break into the top 15? Beat the No. 15 guy. It’s as simply as that in this case. Antigulov is riding high with 14 straight wins and is 2-0 so far in the UFC’s Octagon. Cutelaba, meanwhile is 2-2 and made some noise with his 22-second knockout of Henrique de Silva (watch it). It will be truly a clash of styles as Cutelaba is knock for his knockout power while Antigulov is all about the ground game. Something’s gotta’ give.
Winner: Ben Nguyen
Who He Should Fight Next: Joseph Benavidez
The two were set to duke it out at this event before “Joe-Jitsu” was forced out of the card due to an injury. Yes, the No. 1 ranked 125-pounder in the world was set to face the No. 12 ranked guy. But, with Ben’s impressive first-round submission over former title challenger Tim Elliot (see it), I wouldn’t mind UFC re-booking Joe and Ben as it seems to make more sense now. Nguyen has won two in a row and will definitely rise the ranks after this win, and a victory over Benavidez would do wonders for his career. For Joseph, if he can stop the up-and-comer’s momentum, then he could see himself in yet another title fight soon thereafter.
Winner: Alex Volkanovski
Who She Should Fight Next: Godofredo Pepey
Alex picked up his 12 straight victory, second overall inside the Octagon, with his impressive performance over Mizuto Hirota. The fights will only get tougher for “The Hulk,” so I’d like to see him take on someone like Pepey before he starts eyeing top 15 fights. Godofredo always brings it, winning four of five including three straight first-round finishes that earned him “Performance of the Night” awards. A bout between these two potential contenders could have the potential to steal the show, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see it coming to a cage near you.
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