Mark Hunt may be an old warship, but those cannons can still fire.
At UFC Fight Night 110 on June 10, a 43-year-old Hunt wore down Derrick Lewis, knocked him out in the fourth round and snapped “The Black Beast's” six-fight winning streak. More than that, Hunt got to do it in a UFC main event in his hometown of Auckland, New Zealand. Coming off of a gruesome knockout loss to Alistair Overeem in March, the Lewis win is a reminder that “Mr. Hunto” can still brawl with the best of them; and after 11 months sitting on our heavyweight contenders list, he is back with the best of them: Hunt re-enters our rankings at No. 10, taking the spot of Lewis, who may or may not be headed for retirement at just 32 years old.
In the card's co-main event, Derek Brunson snapped his two-fight losing skid in quick and dirty fashion, hammering fellow middleweight contender Daniel Kelly in a mere 76 seconds. After bitter losses to Robert Whittaker and Anderson Silva, Brunson is back in a sweeter spot, jumping from our bubble list to the 10th spot at 185 pounds.
Hunt and Brunson may be returning to our list, but our biggest riser in this update is making her debut.
Seo Hee Ham disappointed in her UFC run, posting a 1-3 record in the Octagon while struggling with close judging decisions and more pertinently fighting 10 pounds above her ideal weight class. At Road Fighting Championship 39, “Hamderlei Silva” returned to the atomweight division in her native South Korea and positively smoked Japanese standout Mina Kurobe, battering her en route to a third-round knockout win and the vacant Road Fighting Championship title. With her dominant return to the division, Ham is our fourth-ranked atomweight in the world.
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