UFC Fight Night 110 Lewis vs Hunt Expert Prediction & Odds

Posted by Peter Boysen on June 8, 2017 in

If you’ve been missing some big-time heavyweight action in the octagon, then UFC Fight Night 110 needs to be on your radar. Set to take off Saturday night in the United States, this bout between Derrick Lewis and Mark Hunt from New Zealand matches the #6 and the #7 ranked heavyweights in the UFC’s totals. Let’s take a look at the latest MMA odds for this bout,

UFC Fight Night 110 Lewis vs Hunt Expert Prediction & Odds

Hunt, the sixth-ranked UFC heavyweight, is nearing the end of his career, at the age of 43. He has only picked up two wins in his last six bouts. Lewis, eleven years younger, sits right below him in the rankings. He has been charging hard as of late, winning his last six bouts. Lewis is a rarity in the UFC Top 10, because the vast majority of those men (Fabricio Werdum, Alistair Overeem, Junior Dos Santos, Cain Velasquez and the like) have been on that list for years.

Both of these fighters are just ferocious in their punching approach. Derrick Lewis (-125) has some of the heaviest hands in all of UFC, and he comes into the ring each time looking for a knockout. He wants to push his opponent’s back up against the cage, and then he uses a clinch or flurry to bring the punches faster and with more power. When he’s out in the open, he slows down, looking for that one shot that will keep the opponent from sneaking inside. Once he senses that his opponent is afraid and ready to turtle, though, he’s all elbows and fists until his opponent has given up or is unconscious. He’s not about the ground game or about winning points. He just wants to knock his opponent out.

Across the octagon will be Mark Hunt (-105). He is a little shorter, at 5’10”, so he has to be a little more technical and subtle. He works that job, over and over again, and he also will bring the occasional kick. He has a history of luring opponents into a series of traps — and it just takes one punch for him to take advantage of a mistake and end up winning by TKO. When he gets close in, that reach disadvantage of his goes away, so you’re much more likely to see him in close. He has a thick, short base that helps him avoid takedowns, because opponents can’t get under his hips. He doesn’t get many takedowns of his own, but he’s always waiting for that simple mistake.

So what we’re looking at here is a heavyweight battle between a bruiser who wants to end the fight with a knockout as quickly as possible (in Lewis) and a savvy fighter who wants to wear his opponent down, one mistake at a time, until he can land that killer blow. Given Hunt’s lack of success in recent bouts, I give Lewis the nod to make it seven wins in a row.