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UFC Auckland post-fight bonuses: Hunt, Hooker among $50K winners

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Check out our breakdown of the post-fight bonuses from UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Hunt, in Auckland, New Zealand. We tell you who won, who didn’t and why.

The Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand was home to a fun night of fights, with five (T)KOs, one submission and five decisions, including one split-decision. We also saw Derrick Lewis announce that this fight was “probably” his last, and mentioned his upcoming wedding as well as his unwillingness to “put his family through this” as a reason for potentially hanging up the gloves.

Performances of the Night: Ben Nguyen and Daniel Hooker

Ben Nguyen came into tonight’s fight as the underdog to Tim Elliott with good reason; Elliott was the last man to win a round against the pound-for-pound best mixed martial artist on the planet, Demetrious Johnson. After winning the first round, Elliott went on to lose the next four rounds, but he still lasted 25 minutes against the champ. That’s tough to do, and it marked Elliott as one of the top 125-lb fighters on the planet. Nobody told Ben Nguyen that.Nguyen defeated Elliott standing, then beat his takedown attempt, then tapped him out, and he needed just 49 seconds to accomplish all that. Mighty Mouse looked to have cleaned the flyweight division out, but Ben Nguyen is making a strong case that he deserves a shot at the 125-lb belt in the future.

Daniel Hooker looked like he was two weight classes bigger than Ross Pearson in the cage and that size difference came into play for the finish. Pearson was able to slip some punches and land hooks, but Hooker’s range advantage allowed him to throw out jabs and straights to force Ross to duck and weave. He then timed a beautiful knee straight into a ducking Pearson, knocking his mouthpiece out and removing him from consciousness, as well as earning a $50k bonus.

Fight of the Night: Mark Hunt vs. Derrick Lewis

This fight wasn’t the slobberknocker some people hoped for, but the tactical battle between two heavyweight juggernauts was still entertaining in its own way. Neither guy was moved with much urgency, but when the blows landed, they landed hard.

The first round was close, but Hunt rocked Lewis during the second round and never looked back, hunting down the tired “Black Beast” until he finally caught him and took him down late in the fourth round when an accumulation of blows was enough to force referee Marc Goddard to make the stoppage. Lewis received $50,000 in bonus money to help pay for his upcoming wedding, and Hunt got 50 Gs to fund his ongoing lawsuit against the UFC and Brock Lesnar.


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