The walk off specialist
Mark Hunt was his usuall calm and violent self on Saturday while Neil Magny survived a first round assault to pull of a stunning third round victory.
Mark Hunt and Frank Mir are what you could refer to as OG’s in the fight game. With 52 combined fights between the two their main event billing was expected to both be exciting and violent. Both men, Hunt especially, love to throw the hands at their respective opponents and have racked up 16 KO wins between them over the years. The biggest question going into Saturday’s main event was if and how would Hunt nuetralize Mir’s world class grappling and ground game.
Well the former K-1 champion answered in style. Landing a huge right hand that floored Mir, Hunt knew it was over and in usuall Hunt fashion walked away from his dazed and badly hurt opponent before the referee officially stopped the contest. Notching up his second KO win in a row after the 41-year-old Hunt (12-10-1) stopped Antonio Silva last November he now finds himself knocking on the door to possible title contention once again. For former heavyweight champ Mir (18-11) this marks his second loss in a row after dropping a decision to Andrei Arlovski at UFC 191 last September.
Heart, toughness and a chin of stone.
Not many thought Neil Magny would last more than a round with Hector Lombard who has devastating and life altering power in his hands and feet. Well not only did Magny last a round, he showed heart and pulled off a stunning victory.
Hector Lombard is a pure freak of nature built like a comic book superhero who can KO any man on the planet. Lombard showed that power in round 1 where he dropped Magny with ferocious shots on the feet and on the ground. Magny was clearly hurt badly and the long time MMA vet Lombard smelled blood and went for the finish. Only the finish never materialised for Lombard who threw everything he had with fight ending intentions. Somehow Magny kept the lights on made it into round 2.
Things took a drastic change as Magny came out and not only took the fight away from Lombard but took it to him as well. Peppering the visibly tiring Lombard with Jabs and short crisp combinations and surviving another huge punch, Magny managed to take the fight to the mat where he secured a mounted triangle (in full mount) and although not officially, stopped Lombard in his tracks.
Landing over 40 unanswered strikes in the dying minute of round 2, yes horrible refereeing, Magny was on his way to a huge comeback win. The third round started and ended just as round 2 did. Magny secured a takedown and immediately took to raining down the ground pound which in turn made the referee jump in and stop the contest.
Magny (18-4) has now won 10 of his last 11 fights inside the Octagon and is making his own case for a future title shot. For Lombard (34-5-2-1) this make his first loss since 2013 and the first time he had ever been stopped through out his 42+ fight career.
Both Hunt and Magny had outstanding performances for two totally different reasons. Two stories, one of beautiful violence while the other a story of heart and determination both have secured themself big things in the future.
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