Last night’s UFC Fight Night: Adelaide was a famously bad night for its headliner, Mark Hunt.
The old legend of K-1 and PRIDE competition, who recently contested the UFC heavyweight championship, suffered an extended beating at the hands of Stipe Miocic at the South Australia event. Miocic, of Ohio, set a new UFC record for strikes landed on the local favorite. Before the bout was finally called off in the fifth round, “Super Samoan” Hunt was on the wrong end of the worst striking differential in UFC history, as well.
So, it was far from a warm homecoming for Hunt, who was born in New Zealand and it based out of Australia.
But the event was another affair for another New Zealand-born and Australia-based fighter on the card, Robert Whittaker.
Whittaker, who is of Maori origin and based out of New South Wales in Australia, scored a first round KO over the favored Brad Tavares in their lightweight co-main event.
Afterwards, it was announced that Whittaker has been awarded “Performance of the Night” by the UFC, an honor that includes a $50,000 bonus.
The post-fight award is the the second consecutive honor for Whittaker, whose bout with Clint Hester last November was named “Fight of the Night.”
The UFC did not name a “Fight of the Night” last night, but awarded “Performance of the Night” to three other athletes: James Vick, who defeated Jake Matthews via guillotine submission; Dan Hooker who defeated Hatsu Hioki via KO, and Alex Chambers, who earned an armbar submission win over Kailin Curran.
For more on UFC Fight Night: Adelaide, please see our full report from last night.