The Ultimate Fighting Championship's return to Auckland, New Zealand has another two fights.
UFC Fight Night 110 will feature a welterweight clash between “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” winner Warlley Alves and Japanese veteran Kiichi Kunimoto, as well as a lightweight contest between France's Thibault Gouti and South Korea's “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim. The promotion announced the Alves-Kunimoto bout, while Gouti-Kim was confirmed via the UFC's official French social media accounts.
The event, headlined by New Zealand native Mark Hunt taking on rising heavyweight Derrick Lewis, takes place June 11 at Auckland's Vector Arena. It is the UFC's second trip to the country and the venue, following after UFC Fight Night 43, headlined by Nate Marquardt's victory over James Te Huna, in June 2014.
The 26-year-old Alves began his pro career 10-0 before being upset by Bryan Barberena at UFC 198 last May, then dropping a unanimous verdict to Kamaru Usman in Sao Paulo, Brazil in November.
Kunimoto, who will turn 36 years old on May 1, began his Octagon run with an improbable 3-0 record, taking wins over Luiz Dutra Jr., Daniel Sarafian and Richard Walsh, but was choked out by Neil Magny in February 2015.He was forced to pull out of a slated bout with Jingliang Li in September of that year and has not fought since due to injuries.
Kim, 28, holds a 1-2 mark in the UFC, but rose to the attention of the MMA world at UFC 199 last June courtesy of his wild brawl with Marco Polo Reyes, which Kim eventually lost via third-round knockout. “Maestro” got his first Octagon victory over Brendan O'Reilly in December, winning a unanimous decision at “The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale” in Las Vegas.
Gouti has lost all three of his UFC appearances, being choked out by Teemu Packalen and Olivier Aubin-Mercier before ending up a 96-second knockout victim of Chad Laprise at the UFC on Fox 21 card last August.