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The Great Debate: Derrick Lewis vs Mark Hunt

The Great Debate is back, and this time we are debating the main event of UFC Fight Night 110 between Derrick Lewis vs Mark Hunt. Justin Peck is our current champion. He was supposed to face Cory Groeneveld. Peck is going to argue for Derrick Lewis, while Groeneveld is arguing for Mark Hunt. 

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 Why Derrick Lewis Will Win By Justin Peck:

This Saturday night, Derrick Lewis (#7) will battle Mark Hunt (HM) in a Heavyweight showdown. This is a fight that I strongly believe Derrick Lewis will win and here is why.

Momentum is a bigger factor in this fight than in many others. Lewis (18-4, 1 NC) is on a hot streak with 6 wins in a row, most recently defeating Travis Browne by way of KO/TKO in the 2nd round. While Browne may not possess the same power as Mark Hunt (12-11-1, 1 NC), he does possess better cardio and possibly a slightly better chin at this point in his career. Lewis has already beaten at least one fighter who is better than Mark Hunt.

Momentum works in the opposite direction as well. Hunt is tied up in a legal battle with the UFC, which has likely made an impact on his normal training routine. He is also coming off of a loss against Alistair Overeem in March where we witnessed how diminished the chin of the 42-year-old has become. Lewis will have an advantage in speed and a 7-inch reach advantage, which will help keep his distance from Hunt’s power tremendously in this fight.

Hunt also struggled with his takedown defense in his UFC 200 matchup with Brock Lesnar. Lesnar constantly got takedowns on Hunt and landed ground and pound. As Shamil Abdurakhimov found out, Lewis has devastating ground and pound. If Hunt gets under Lewis, he will be in big trouble.

I don’t expect this fight to last more than 2 rounds. Pair that with the fact that Lewis lands punches at a higher clip and absorbs less than half as many hits as the older Hunt, it’s unlikely that the home crowd will go home happy. My prediction: Lewis by KO late in Rd 1

Why Mark Hunt Will Win By Cory Groeneveld:
In a battle of two heavyweights, Derrick Lewis vs Mark Hunt, we are sure to see fists fly this Saturday night in New Zealand. Both Lewis and Hunt have made a name for themselves in the heavyweight division over the past few years. Both fighters are known for finishing their opponents. Derrick Lewis has finished the likes of Damian Grabowski, Gabriel Gonzaga, and Travis Browne. Where Mark Hunt himself has finished the likes of Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson, and Antonio Silva. This seems to be a close matchup that could go either way. Vegas has Lewis as a slight favorite (-120) over Mark Hunt (Even). I am going to make my case as to why I think Mark Hunt will come out victorious in this anticipated slugfest.
This fight is going be a complete slugfest. Both fighters are going to come out swinging and swinging hard. Considering that this is both of their strengths with Lewis 16 KO/TKO’s in his MMA career and Hunt with 9 total KO/TKO’s, this really could go either way. If the fight stays upright and is a slugfest, I think this will slightly favor Hunt. Hunt has proven that he has the chin to absorb punches and fight back. It has failed him a couple times in the past but I still think there is enough there to get through another slugfest. Lewis has shown that at times he can get sloppy when caught up in the moment. Hunt is going to have to take advantage of this if Lewis gets a little sloppy Saturday night.
If there is a weakness in Mark Hunts style, it’s his wrestling. Hunt needs to do everything to keep this a fist fight. With being submitted six times in his career, he does not want to see this fight go to the mat. I don’t expect Lewis to be looking to bring Hunt to the mat, but Hunt needs to be aware of the possibility and his takedown defense needs to be on par. Keeping this fight upright and throwing punches is what Hunt wants to see. He has the power to KO his opponent with one big punch.
Lewis was hurt by body shots in the past by Browne. Hunt, the former K1 Kickboxing Champion, has worked the body of opponents before. He can also put anybody out with his huge left hook, or right uppercut.

I don’t expect this match to go more than 2.5 rounds. I don’t see how either fighter doesn’t get a finish. I expect Lewis to come out trying to get that early KO to help boost his stock for a potential title fight down the road. With that being said I see Hunt looking for the right opportunity once Lewis gets a little sloppy and attacks. Hunt right now has some issues with his current employer. I would like to see him take out that anger on Lewis this Saturday night. Hunt also has a chip on his shoulder to prove he isn’t to be forgotten and still needs to be taken seriously. He will be motivated to fight in front of his home town crowd. I like Hunt winning this fight with a TKO in the 2nd round.  

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