Despite winning just two of his six most recent appearances inside the Octagon (2-3-1), Mark Hunt continues to headline Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events. In fact, “Super Samoan” currently sits just outside the Heavyweight Top 5 and will look to inch one spot closer when he trades hands with the dangerous Derrick Lewis this weekend (Sat., June 10, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 110, which takes place inside Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.
Not even an ongoing lawsuit against his employer and one of its biggest former stars, Brock Lesnar, will keep him out of the Octagon. Indeed, UFC is well aware of his crowd-pleasing abilities and will seemingly carry all his extra baggage if it translates into exciting highlight-reel knockouts.
Case in point: Hunt cracking Roy Nelson's historically iron jaw for the first time inside the Octagon back at UFC Fight Night 52 in Sept. 2014. UFC recently released the full fight video to promote his upcoming showdown with “Black Beast” this weekend.
MMAmania.com’s Patrick Stumberg with the live play-by-play description:
Round 2: Hunt catches Nelson with a cross counter. Nelson shoots in and takes Hunt to the floor, latching onto his back. Hunt escapes back to his feet quickly. Both miss with right hands. Hunt with a couple jabs. One minute in. Uppercut from Hunt, right hand by Roy. Stiff jab from both. Hunt ducks a right and takes a leg kick. Hunt looking for the uppercut. Nelson avoids one and the follow-up left hook. Heavy straight by Hunt. Two minutes in. Body kick by Nelson. Nelson aborts a takedown. Uppercut by Hunt lands. Nelson uppercut fails to connect. Hunt gets Roy's attention with the left hook. Another Nelson takedown stuffed. Hunt with a right cross. HUGE uppercut forces Nelson to faceplant. Mark Hunt has done the impossible and knocked out Roy Nelson.
Hunt will look to replicate that successful and entertaining result this Saturday night; however, he will have his hands full — Lewis is on a six-fight unbeaten streak that includes five (technical) knockouts. But, if anyone has the ability to separate large, dangerous men from consciousness it is Mark Hunt.
Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 110 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.