The lineup for New Zealand’s UFC Fight Night 110 could already start off with a big main event.
A heavyweight matchup between Derrick Lewis (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) and Mark Hunt (12-11-1 MMA, 7-5-1 UFC) is currently in the works for the headliner spot, according to MMAJunkie.
People with knowledge of the matchup spoke on the condition of anonymity. The reason being that the potential bout hasn’t been signed or formally announced. Also, Mark Hunt is currently under a medical suspension until April 19. The cause, a leg injury he suffered in a knockout loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 209. He’s going to need medical clearance first, before signing any agreement.
UFC Fight Night 110 will take place Sunday, June 11 at Vector Arena in Auckland, North Island, New Zealand. The event airs live on FS1 (on June 10 in the U.S. due to the time difference) following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
No fights have been formally announced for the card; Auckland’s only other UFC event took place in 2014 with UFC Fight Night 43.
Lewis is No. 7 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings, and Hunt is No. 11.
Most recently, 32-year-old Lewis headlined UFC Fight Night 105 and scored a second-round knockout win over Travis Browne in a “Fight of the Night” performance. Afterward, “The Black Beast,” who said he broke his foot in the February fight, told MMAjunkie Radio he wanted to fight Hunt.
Lewis headlined his first UFC event and picked up a TKO victory over Shamil Abdurakhimov at UFC Fight Night 102. This was one fight before his matchup with Browne. Lewis now has won six straight UFC fights, and he has 16 knockouts in 18 career wins overall.
Hunt, on the other hand, is looking for his first victory since a knockout of ex-champ Frank Mir in early 2016. The 42yo. New Zealand-born Australian has suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Brock Lesnar (later overturned when Lesnar failed a drug test) and the third-round knockout defeat to Overeem. Hunt’s leg was badly bloodied in the fight. Though he initially announced a broken tibia, his camp later clarified he suffered no broken bones.