Mark Hunt is 43 years old, but “Super Samoan” looked like he hasn’t lost a step inside the Octagon after taking out top rising contender Derrick Lewis in the main event of UFC Fight Night 110 (see it) — which went down from inside Sparks Arena in Auckland, New Zealand last night (Sat., June 10, 2017).
There were plenty of things impressive about Hunt’s performance, with the most visible one being his physique. As Brian Stann mentioned during the telecast, “Super Samoan” hooked up with a nutritionist to this fight, and it showed. Hunt looked as slim as ever, and it proved to be a factor in the bout, as -- to the surprise of many -- it didn’t end in the first round.
No, it went four rounds, and Hunt didn’t look out of breath, while “The Black Beast” was visibly tired, trying to grasp a good breathe of air in the later rounds. He was obviously fatigued, and it could’ve played a huge factor in him not being able to absorb Mark blows.
For Mark, the win ended his two-fight losing streak, and though he said he’d be happy if his combat career came to an end after winning the fight in his home country, the hard-hitting Heavyweight did say he was going to continue honoring the remaining fights on his contract.
That said, I’d love to see Hunt go strike-for strike against Francis Ngannou, another hard-hitting brawler who has caused havoc in the division. Many already wanted to see Lewis face Ngannou, ans since Derrick is out of the running -- maybe even out of the game — it makes sense to have Hunt vs. Francis.
I like that fight even more than one UFC is considering, which is pitting “The Predator” against former champion Junior dos Santos. But putting “JDS” against a knockout artist three months after he got his clock cleaned by the champion doesn’t make sense. I’d like to see Hunt step in and steal that fight.
If Mark can knockout off another rising contender, he could find himself closer to another UFC title fight. I really don’t see any other fight that makes sense for “Super Samoan,” do you?
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