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Fight Night 110 - Mark Hunt vs Derrick Lewis - Heavyweight shenanigans

As we’ve been expecting and have been prepared each time and hyped each time, the heavyweight main events were gonna be amazing. Because “Heavyweights sell”.

I think tonight they rented. For four rounds.

But before we brush the main event, let’s see what are the two lessons that the fighting sport gods have given to the mere mortal participants who trade blows and bloody up cages and rings seemed to be the following:

First lesson. Everyone can be knocked out. Regardless of the matchmaking, skill level, age, conditioning or expectations.
We’ve had notable stoppages. The first one was in the Pearson – Hooker match. We’ve seen a typical boxer against kickboxer striking matchup with a longer kickboxer and a way more seasoned boxer. Pearson is an amazing example of boxing done right in mma. We’ve had a typical gameplan against a seasoned boxer in kickboxing, composed out of distancing out, circling and ruining the lead leg of the boxer, since both reach and kicking were on Hooker’s side.His worst part was being connected by Pearson a few times, until the unavoidable occurred. Hooker thrown a upwards rear knee (right knee) that connected against a slightly shorter and more tucked opponent. Which ended the fight with Pearson’s mouthpiece flying out.

The second mentionable stoppage was Ion Cutelaba’s short match against Henrique Da Silva. He simply clipped Da Silva and followed through, ending the match. Stiff, tensed and jumpy, yet effective Cutelaba starts making a name for himself in the lightheavyweight division.

But what really shown a mismatch was pitting Derek Brunson vs Daniel Kelly. Probably Daniel Kelly had a really bad night or had something going on, because the first hit which landed, ended the fight. It was expected, but perplexingly fast.

Even the main event had a late stoppage in the fourth round, as Mark Hunt stopped Derrick Lewis.

The second lesson. Time takes its toll on everyone, wether in victory or in defeat.

Mark Hunt brought Derrick Lewis back to the drawing board, made the fight into a striking lesson, proving veteran footwork and delivering a methodical beatdown on Lewis.

Hunt’s extensive experience in striking, both MMA and K-1 kickboxing is an impressive asset. Combined with his amazing resilience and striking power, especially in punching power, Mark Hunt is a dangerous fighter, even if he is a shorter heavyweight.

Age had a great effect on Mark Hunt. He developed a very witty, patient and calculated way of delivering his power. But as he aged, his chin is still one of the best from that weightclass, yet it’s no longer the Mark Hunt which took those Cro Cop kicks and got back up, just like slipping just happened.

One of Mark Hunt’s amazing factors was the fact that he could simply ignore strikes and strike back – to a certain extent. I firmly believe any top heavyweight contender from the UFC could have stood toe to toe against a Jerome Le Banner in his prime in a prolonged boxing exchange. But for a round tops. And not in the first two rounds. Mark Hunt did. Having his resilience somehow chipped and his conditioning being a challenge, since age and frame are two important factors make Hunt fight an uphill battle with time and with his body. Which he keeps winning. But for how long?

Lewis clearly gassed out, yet Mark Hunt wasn’t in his top gas shape. He had to over-pace himself, not jumping in and forcing a potential finish from the second round. He slowly outstruck and damaged a gassed out and severely hurt Derrick Lewis, which, props to him, stood and took the shots without being a walkaway-ko victim. Yet he was pretty much done from the third round. The attempts of hitting and missing in a straight line against a shorter, heavier, older fighter as that fighter backstepped were clear signs that something is wrong with Lewis. Hurt, damaged or simply not in the fight, Lewis was a moving, yet sitting duck. Target practice. And Mark Hunt took his time to finish him.

As another heavyweight fight unfolded in a not-such-a-spectacular manner, we’re wondering where is the heavyweight division heading to?
Is there a man who can win over Miocic, the actual champion? 

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