Mark Hunt and Derrick Lewis might have worked a little longer than expected on Saturday night, but they were compensated accordingly.
The heavyweight sluggers garnered “Fight of the Night” honors and $50,000 apiece for their battle in the UFC Fight Night 110 headliner on Saturday night. Ultimately, Hunt wore down his opponent and defeated Lewis via technical knockout 3:51 into the fourth round. As Lewis faded, Hunt capitalized and teed off on his tired foe with punches and elbows near the fence to force the stoppage.
Elsewhere, Dan Hooker received a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” award for his spectacular second-round knockout of Ross Pearson in a featured lightweight scrap. After a competitive opening stanza, “The Hangman” caught his opponent ducking low behind a left hand and connected with a perfectly timed knee to the jaw that knocked out Person’s mouthpiece. The “TUF 9” winner collapsed to the canvas, and Hooker landed one follow-up hammerfist before the contest was halted at the 2:02 mark of round two.
Finally, Ben Nguyen captured the evening’s other $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus thanks to a surprisingly quick submission of former flyweight title challenger Tim Elliott in a featured bout. After an ill-advised head-and-arm throw by Elliott, Nguyen scrambled to his opponent’s back and quickly locked in a rear-naked choke to force a tapout 49 seconds after the contest began.