It was a one sided heavyweight main event at UFC Fight Night: Adelaide in Australia last night — and not in the way that the hometown crowd would have hoped.
The event was headlined by Australia-based, and New Zealand-born, fighting legend Mark Hunt — but it was far from a triumphant homecoming for the man they call “Super Samoan.” Instead, the former K-1 World Grand Prix champion (and recent UFC heavyweight title challenger) Hunt was the victim of an ugly beat-down, at the hands of American Stipe Miocic.
Miocic may have created a legend of his own with the win. The Ohio native recorded the most strikes landed in a single fight in the history of UFC competition, a total of 361, en route to a fifth round TKO over Hunt. For his part, Hunt landed 46 strikes total, leaving a horribly lopsided striking differential of 315 — which represents another UFC record, and not one that anyone is likely to celebrate.
The bout was stopped at a 3;46 of the fifth stanza, far too late for many.
We need to be having a serious conversation about how we can change the culture of MMA. Stopping a fight is not a bad thing.
— Brent Brookhouse (@brentbrookhouse) May 10, 2015
Stipe looked dominant! Hunt looked bad. That went on too long. Stipe gets a top 3 guy next.
— John Stouffer (@johnstouffer) May 10, 2015
Miocic improves his record to 13-2 with the victory. Hunt falls to 10-10, with one draw, with the loss.
Also on the event, fringe middleweight contender Brad Tavares fell in an upset to Robert Whittaker. Whittaker, who, like Hunt was born in New Zealand but fights out of Australia, scored a first round TKO victory over the favored Tavares. The win was Whittaker’s third in a row, and will likely drop the Hawaiian Tavares out of the UFC top 20.
For full results, see the recap from Dana Becker of our sister site Fightline.
Becker’s full play-by play is also available here.