100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Ben Nguyen - 93.0
2. Ion Cutelaba - 92.4
3. Mark Hunt - 92.1
4. Alexander Volkanovski - 91.8
5. Dan Hooker - 91.7
6. Derek Brunson - 91.7
7. John Moraga - 91.7
8. Vinc Pichel - 91.4
9. Mizuto Hirota - 90.2
10. Zak Ottow - 90.1
UFC Fight Night 110: Hunt vs. Lewis
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Elevation: 643'
-Fight of the Night-
Ben Nguyen vs. Tim Elliott
Fighters & Matches 88.9
Top 10 Fighters 91.6
TOTAL 90.3
     Aldrich started this fight by pressuring Jeon with her movement, but things looked fairly even as they traded a few kicks & punches. They continued to trade at a decent pace, with neither fighter really showing a clear advantage by the halfway mark of the opening round. Aldrich tripped and fell down at one point, but that was the only real "advantage" that either fighter showed, as Jeon never fell down. That ended up being a close round that could probably go either way.
     The second round was another close round of striking, with Aldrich moving forward for most of the round, so her pressure looked good, but as far as actual strikes landing, I feel like this fight has been VERY even so far, going into the third round. If I had to pick, I would probably say Aldrich is ahead, based on the fact she was "walking forward", but that's not much of a reason to give someone a round. Either way, the scorecards could be all over the place here. Jeon turned it up a notch with some brawling in the final seconds of the round, so this fight could be all tied up. Who knows?
     Jeon screamed a war cry to start the third round, and the crowd definitely seemed into it. They both came out swinging, Jeon's nose was busted up in the first 30 seconds of the final round, but she was still throwing heavy hands at Aldrich, and had a huge smile on her face. Even though she missed weight by a couple of pounds, I feel like Jeon's body would technically be better suited for 105, as she looks a little soft at 115. Aldrich on the other hand, looks good at 115, but she lacked the killer instinct in this fight. She still applied enough pressure though, that I think Aldrich should win this fight 29-28, but it could be VERY close on the scorecards. All 3 judges gave all 3 rounds to J.J. Aldrich. That was a decent debut for Jeon, and a solid first UFC win for J.J. Aldrich.
      These guys both started this fight by trading hard inside leg kicks. Ottow started landing some big punches with 2 minutes left in the round, causing Kunimoto to shoot for a takedown, pressing Ottow against the fence, where he looked for a trip, but Ottow did a decent job staying on his feet. They finished the round split back up, trading a few random strikes, but nothing special. I'm going to give the first round to Ottow based on his heavy strikes in the middle of that round.
     Kunimoto started the second round by throwing some kicks, and Ottow blasted him with some heavy punches that rocked him in the first 10 seconds. They went back to trading inside leg kicks for a while. Ottow seems to have the better striking, so Kunimoto caught a kick and took him down 90 seconds into the second round. Ottow scrambled into top position around the halfway mark, and pinned Kunimoto against the fence. Ottow took his back with 2 minutes left in the round, and landed a few hard punches to Kunimoto's chin from under his armpit. Ottow landed a few random punches, before Kunimoto was able to spin around, taking top control again with a minute left in the round. Ottow swept him one more time in the final 30 seconds, and ended the round on top. I have Ottow ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Kunimoto scored a quick takedown 30 seconds into the final round, pinning Ottow in the center of the cage. They eventually worked their way toward the fence, and then Kunimoto took Ottow's back with 90 seconds left in the round, only to have Ottow spin into him a minute later, allowing him to finish the round back on top. I'm giving that round to Kunimoto, based on controlling 4 minutes of the round, but I still think Ottow should win this fight, 29-28. The judges were split, giving the split-decision victory to Zak Ottow.
      These guys traded a few random strikes, Mokhtarian shot for a takedown one minute into the opening round, and got caught in a guillotine choke. Moraga cranked on the choke, and Mokhtarian somehow powered his way back into a standing position, but Moraga refused to let go of the choke. Mokhtarian finally broke free halfway through the round, and then they reset with 2 minutes left in the round. They traded a few more strikes, and then Mokhtarian shot for another stupid takedown, and Moraga took his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, but had to let it go. Moraga landed some strikes on the ground, and Mokhtarian grabbed for a leg lock, but Moraga spun around and continued to work his ground & pound. Moraga took his back again, hammered him with some elbows to the side of the head, and then finished the round by setting up an armbar from back control. That was a great round for Moraga, and a stupid strategy for Mokhtarian.
     Mokhtarian finally started to show off his striking in the second round, only to get clipped by a big punch from Moraga, which Moraga followed up with a huge flying knee against the fence. Mokhtarian threw a nice front kick with 2 minutes left in the round, and Moraga caught it and threw him to the ground. Moraga smothered Mokhtarian while trying to setup a mounted crucifix. Moraga passed to full mount with 20 seconds left in the round, and landed a few punches, before flying over for another armbar attempt to finish the round. Moraga is clearly ahead, 20-18, going into the final round, if not 20-17.
     They traded a few strikes to start the final round, they clinched, and Moraga threw Mokhtarian to the ground from the clinch. Mokhtarian looks exhausted, and Moraga is landing some big punches to the jaw of Mokhtarian. Moraga passed to side control a minute into the round, and then setup the mounted crucifix again. Moraga tried to setup a triangle, Mokhtarian stood up, and Moraga threw him to the ground again with a headlock, and then secured side control again. Moraga slapped on a tight anaconda choke, and used that to throw Mokhtarian to the ground again, where Moraga quickly mounted him. Moraga threw some big punches, and Mokhtarian gave up his back again, and then gave up full mount again. Mokhtarian continued to roll around, but Moraga held a tight mount the entire time, as he unloaded with some big punches & elbows. Moraga fell back for an armbar attempt with 20 seconds left in the round, but Mokhtarian escaped that, allowing him to end the round on top, where Moraga just tied him up until the final buzzer. This fight should be a 30-26 decision for Moraga in my opinion. All 3 judges agreed, giving him the obvious unanimous decision victory. Mokhtarian looks cool, but he's not a very good (or smart) fighter.
      These guys started the first round trading strikes, with Steele throwing massive power punches, while Jumeau was still trying to find himself in there. Steele rushed in with a minute left in the round, he grabbed Jumeau, and threw him to the ground, where Steele landed in side control. Steele finished the round with a bit of ground & pound. Round one goes to Steele.
     These guys threw some big punches to start the second round, and Jumeau rocked Steele one minute into the round, but Steele was able to recover enough to clinch and press Jumeau against the fence. They clinched for a couple of minutes, and then reset with 2 minutes left in the round. They traded a few more strikes, and then Steele clinched again, and finished the round by pressing Jumeau against the fence. I gave that round to Jumeau, and have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Steele threw some big punches early in the third round, and then clinched again. He tried to take Jumeau down against the fence, but Jumeau did a good job keeping his balance. The referee reset them 2 minutes into the round, due to a lack of activity. Jumeau rocked Steele with some big clean punches, and the hometown crowd went wild, but Steele fired back with some big punches, and they both reset with 2 minutes left in the fight. Steele rushed in for a takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, but they just ended up clinching again, with Steele pressing Jumeau into the fence. I'm scoring this fight 29-28 for Steele, but he's had some terrible luck with decisions in the UFC, so I'm going to assume that the hometown hero is going to win this one, and I wouldn't really argue with that, since this was a competitive fight. All 3 judges gave the win to Luke Jumeau, as Steele continues his 3-Fight losing streak.
      These guys both traded some big punches to start the first round, as they were going back & forth with their combinations. Brown looked like he was pulling ahead for most of the round, until he rushed in, got sloppy, and Pichel knocked him the fuck out. For the first finish of the night, that was a pretty explosive finish that seemed to come out of nowhere for Vinc Pichel, after taking 37 months off due to a variety of injuries.
      These guys clinched early, and Volkanovski pressed Hirota against the fence. Volkanovski then dropped Hirota with a massive right hand, he secured side control, and unloaded with some heavy punches & sharp elbows. He stood up, and they reset around the halfway mark. Volkanovski then took Hirota down, Hirota stood back up against the fence, and Volkanovski took him down again, and continued to grind all over him against the fence. Volkanovski landed a clean spinning back elbow, and then they reset. Hirota used his range to land some nice punches & leg kicks, and then Volkanovski rushed in, clinched, and took him down again with a minute left in the round. They stood back up, traded a few more punches, and the round ended. Round one clearly goes to Volkanovski.
     These guys both hammered each other with some heavy punches to start the second round, and then Volkanovski clinched, and pressed Hirota against the fence again. He dropped him with another spinning back elbow, but Hirota popped back up immediately, only to get taken down again. They stood back up, continued to scramble around, Hirota almost scored a takedown, but Volkanovski ended up on top, and then they stood back up. They continued to box at a decent pace for the rest of the round, with both fighters landing some hard shots. Volkanovski dropped Hirota again with 20 seconds left in the round, and hammered on him with some big punches to secure the round. That's 20-18 for Volkanovski going into the final round.
     They both continued to trade bombs to start the final round, and then Volkanovski pressed Hirota against the fence again. Volkanovski landed another brutal spinning back elbow as he broke out of the clinch. They traded some more bombs, and then Hirota tripped Volkanovski, but he popped back up immediately. They traded some more punches, Volkanovski unloaded on Hirota and took him down again halfway through the round, but Hirota popped back up, with his back still being pressed against the fence. Hirota seemed to be the fresher fighter in the final 2 minutes, as he kept throwing big punches & kicks, while Volkanovski was clearly slowing down. Hirota continued to rush forward until the final buzzer, so I think Hirota might have done enough to win that round, but Volkanovski should still win this fight with a clear 29-28 decision, if not 30-27. All 3 judges agreed, giving Alexander Volkanovski the unanimous decision victory.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Nguyen started this fight with a pair of head kicks, a huge right hand, a flying knee, and after a wild scramble, Nguyen took Elliott's back 30 seconds into the opening round, riding him like a backpack. He slapped on a rear-naked choke, Elliott fell down, Nguyen continued to squeeze, and finished the fight inside the first minute of the opening round. Considering Elliott went the distance with Demetrious Johnson, that was a MASSIVE win for Ben Nguyen.
      Cutelaba plowed right through Silva, knocked him down with some punches, unloaded on his face with some big jackhammer style punches, and he knocked him the fuck out in under 30 seconds. That was a FANTASTIC finish by Ion Cutelaba.
(Knee & Punches)
      The first round had both guys trading punch combinations & leg kicks. Pearson was landing the better punches, while Hooker was landing with some clean leg kicks. Hooker shot for a takedown with a minute left in the opening round, but Pearson stuffed it and reset. The first round was a solid back & forth round of kickboxing, with neither fighter showing a clear advantage. I'm giving the first round to Hooker, but just SLIGHTLY.
     The second round had Hooker working his jab, while Pearson was diving in, throwing big punches, bloodying the nose of Hooker early in the round. Just as I thought Pearson was about to run away with that round, Hooker blasted Pearson with a huge knee, and knocked him the fuck out. That was a solid performance by both fighters, and a huge win for Hooker. This makes 4 losses in a row for Pearson though, so... That's disappointing for fans of Pearson.
      Brunson started the first round by working his leg kicks, while Kelly was still trying to find his range. Brunson whiffed with a few big punches, and then finally he knocked Kelly the fuck out with a big overhand left, Kelly's head bounced off the canvas, Brunson jumped on him, pounded on his head for a few seconds, and the referee was finally able to stop the fight. That was a fantastic finish by Derek Brunson, ending the crazy underdog 4-Fight winning streak of Daniel Kelly, in Kelly's next door neighbor's backyard.
(Punches & Elbows)
      Lewis started this fight with a couple of leg kicks, Hunt threw some big punches, Lewis fired back with a pair of head kicks, and a third, and that brings us to the 2 minute mark of the opening round. Hunt was pressuring Lewis toward the fence, and every time it looked like Lewis might be in trouble, he would explode with some heavy punches, or another big kick. Lewis sort of attempted a couple of takedowns, but didn't make any progress with them. Hunt has a huge mouse on his left shin, and his leg is bleeding all over his foot. That was a close round, but I scored it in favor of Derrick Lewis.
      I forgot to mention in the first round, Lewis landed some heavy kicks to the body as well. The second round started with Lewis throwing some bombs, and he hammered Hunt with a few more of those massive kicks to the body as well. Hunt landed a heavy leg kick 90 seconds into the second round. Lewis poked Hunt in the eye, but it was accidental. After a brief timeout, the fight continued. This fight has been slow paced so far, but when every strike that is thrown from either side looks like a rocket launcher exploding, it's still pretty fucking intense. Hunt rocked Lewis with 90 seconds left in the round, and then chased him around the cage for a few seconds, as Lewis tried to find enough space to recover. The final minute of the round turned into a wild brawl. I was going to give that round to Lewis, but I think Hunt did enough in that final minute to steal the round. Now we'll see how much Lewis can recover before the start of the third round.
      The third round started the same way, and then Hunt got a little too close, and Lewis unloaded on him with a huge knee to the body, followed by a series of uppercuts. Hunt backed out of that, and Lewis hammered him with some heavy looping hooks. Similar to the second round, I thought Lewis won the first half of this round, but then he slowed down, and let Hunt land some big shots. Lewis was still landing some heavy shots, but he was throwing single punches instead of combinations at this point. Hunt was stalking Lewis until the end of the round, leading to a 29-28 lead for Hunt, on my scorecard, going into the fourth round.
      Lewis looked absolutely exhausted going into the fourth round, as he was basically just walking on straight legs, hands on hips, backing up the entire time, he still threw a few random things like a flying knee, and a few bombs that were too slow to land, but Hunt continued to stalk him for the duration of the round, he kept working him over with his strikes, and then he eventually unloaded with some big punches & elbows, while Lewis was up against the fence, forcing the referee to stop the fight. That was a HUGE win for Mark Hunt, ending the longest active winning streak in the UFC Heavyweight Division. Congrats to Hunt for the big hometown victory. As for Lewis, I don't know what was going on there, but after a couple of rounds, he seemed to basically just quit. He's still one of the scariest guys in the division though.