Last night the UFC returned to New Zealand as Mark Hunt faced Derrick Lewis in the main event.
The event drew a crowd of 8,649 and made a live gate of $830,000 USD. The event went out live on Fox Sports 1 and BT Sports in the UK.
Lewis and Hunt fought four rounds of back and forth hard hitting action, with both guys getting in good exchanges, however, it was Hunt who prevailed in the end, TKO’ing Lewis late in the fourth round. Shortly after Lewis announced his intentions to retire from the sport.
Also to feature on the card was Sunderland’s Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson as he looked set to end a three-fight losing streak when he faced off against Aukland’s own Dan Hooker. Pearson’s goal of ending his losing streak was unsuccessful however after eating a huge knee in the second round which rendered him unconscious, declaring Hooker the victor.
In the Flyweight division Ben Nguyen took on Tim Elliott, Nguyen made short work of his opponent, submitting him in just 49 seconds. Also enjoying a quick victory was Ion Cutelaba as he knocked out Henrique da Silva in just 22 seconds.
UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Catchweight Bout (118lbs)
JJ Aldrich vs Chan-Mi Jeon
JJ Aldrich def. Chan-Mi Jeon – Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
FS1 Prelims (FS1 / BT SPORTS)
Kiichi Kunimoto vs Zak Ottow
Zak Ottow def Kiichi Kunimoto – Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
John Moraga vs Ashkan Mokhtarian
John Moraga def. Ashkan Mokhtarian – Unanimous Decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-27)
Dominique Steele vs Luke Jumeau
Luke Jumeau def. Dominque Steele – Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Vinc Pichel vs Damien Brown
Vinc Pichel def. Damien Brown – R1 3:37 – KO (Punches)
MAIN CARD (FS1 / BT SPORTS)
Alexander Volkanovski vs Mizuto Hirota
Alexander Volkanovski def. Mizuto Hirota – Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Tim Elliott vs Ben Nguyen
Ben Nguyen def. Tim Elliott – R1 0:49 – Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Henrique da Silva vs Ion Cutelaba
Ion Cutelaba def. Henrique da Silva – R1 0:22 – KO (Punches)
Ross Pearson vs Dan Hooker
Dan Hooker def. Ross Pearson – R2 3:02 – KO (Knee)
Co-Main Event – Middleweight Bout
Dan Kelly vs Derek Brunson
Derek Brunson def. Dan Kelly – R1 1:16 – KO (Punches)
Main Event – Heavyweight Bout
Derrick Lewis vs Mark Hunt
Mark Hunt def. Derrick Lewis – R4 3:51 – TKO (Punches)
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