UFC Fight Night 110 Lewis vs Hunt Betting Odds & Prediction

Posted by Michael Hunt on Thursday,June 8, 2017 10:26, EDT in

The UFC has been a truly international organization of late with trips to Sweden and Brazil. On Saturday, it’s Fight Night 110 from Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. It will be Sunday there when this card starts, but if you’re watching Fox Sports 1 the main card begins at 10 p.m. Eastern on Saturday. The main event is a battle between heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Mark Hunt, with Lewis a -125 MMA betting favorite.

UFC Fight Night 110 Lewis vs Hunt Betting Odds & Prediction

Lewis (18-4, 1 NC) comes off an impressive knockout win over Travis Browne this past February in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Riding a five-fight win streak going into the night, Lewis had been asking the UFC to give him a higher-ranked opponent. His wish was granted as Browne accepted the fight while looking to stop a two-fight skid in his most recent performances.

The fight was a back-and-forth slugfest until Lewis clipped Browne with a right in the second round that sent him to the mat and then proceeded to pummel his face from there. Referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the fight.

Asked about the stoppage afterward, Lewis said: “I appreciate it, I appreciated (the referee) letting the fight go a little longer than what it should. I just wanted to get my anger out on Travis’ face because he likes to hit on women. So I appreciate him for doing that. I keep it real.” Lewis was referring to claims made by Browne’s ex-girlfriend that the 6-foot- 7 fighter battered her and left her covered her in bruises. The former Legacy FC heavyweight champ, called the “Black Beast” has won his last six fights, five of those by KO or TKO. That winning streak gives him the longest winning streak among current heavyweights – one more than prospect Francis Ngannou, who just moved to the USA. None other than lightweight champ Conor McGregor is second to Lewis in knockout victories for active competitors in the UFC. Lewis has eight and McGregor has six.

Lewis makes his 12th UFC heavyweight appearance since 2014, the most in the division and tied for third most among all UFC fighters behind Donald Cerrone (13) and Neil Magny (13). Lewis’ eight knockout victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied for the third most in divisional history behind Cain Velasquez (10) and Andrei Arlovski (nine).

Hunt (12-11- 1) is from New Zealand. He’s likely most remembered for losing by unanimous decision to Brock Lesnar last July at UFC 200, a decision that was thrown out when Lesnar tested positive for clomiphene. Hunt fought in March vs. Alistair Overeem and lost by third-round KO (knee).

After Hunt opened up a huge gash on his shin to open the fight, Overeem never got baited into a slugfest. He stayed within himself and opted for the clinch game, holding Hunt’s shoulders and preventing those huge punches. Then, once Overeem got the opening, he landed huge knees to the head of Hunt, dropping him face first to the canvas. Hunt suffered a leg injury in the loss and was on medical suspension for a while.

The former K-1 champion and onetime interim UFC title challenger, Hunt is the most seasoned heavyweight fighter Lewis has ever faced. Put kickboxing and MMA together, and Hunt has far more knockouts. As impressive as Lewis’ form has been, the “Super Samoan” is looking forward to seeing how he handles his famous power.

“They all say they’re pretty tough until they get a punch in the face,” Hunt said. “Everyone at this end is tough, everyone at this end is good at fighting. It’s just a matter how much pain they can take.”

Hunt has earned all nine of his career stoppage victories by knockout. He has suffered all of his career losses by stoppage.

UFC Fight Night 110 Lewis vs Hunt Betting Pick: Derrick Lewis

Hunt has “home-Octagon advantage” but it won’t matter. Lewis by stoppage.