Mark Hunt brought the fireworks in the third round.
Hunt TKO’d Stefan Struve in a battled of heavyweights in Saturday’s co-main event.
Hunt landed a big left to start the third and followed again with another combination. Hunt backed Struve up and had him wobbly before knocking him out with a massive left hook. Hunt thought Struve was knocked cold and started to walk away before referee Herb Dean stepped in to call the fight.
Hunt landed a big left hook to start the second. Struve responded with a couple of crisp jabs. Hunt continued to chop away at Struve. The two continued to trade before Hunt tripped Struve but ended up in Struve’s guard. Struve worked a foot lock but Hunt escaped. Hunt continued to play the ground game and ended up in side control. The fight got to its feet briefly before a Struve takedown resulted in landing in mount and Struve reigned down punches. Hunt avoided an armbar attempt to end the round.
Struve pulled off a nice sweep of Hunt midway through the first round. Hunt had a difficult time trying to escape. Struve got the mount and started peppering. Strive took Hunts’s back and then transitioned to an arm bar but Hunt escaped and ended back in Struve’s guard. Hunt didn’t seem fearful of Struve’s dangerous submission game and passed the guard and got side control in the final seconds of the round.
The win improved Hunt to 9-7. Struve dropped to 25-6.
Final Result: Mark Hunt def. Stefan Struve via TKO Round 3.
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