Mark Hunt’s well documented, comeback story didn’t end with a title win, tonight at UFC 180, as the heavyweight was stopped by Fabricio Werdum in the second round.
Early on, it looked as though Hunt would become the interim champ, as he floored Werdum with a right hand, and then survived a grappling stretch with the submission wizard. In round two, the feared slugger continued to land on Werdum, but then the latter dropped him with an explosive knee.
Referee Herb Dean gave Hunt several moments to recover, but after Werdum landed blow after blow, the fight was halted.
Now that Werdum has the interim gold, he’ll challenge champion Cain Velasquez next year.
Other main card winners on the night included Ricardo Lamas and Kelvin Gastelum, who scored impressive, submission wins over Dennis Bermudez and Jake Ellenberger respectively.
Here are the complete results for UFC 180, which went down in Mexico City.
Interim Heavyweight Championship
Fabricio Werdum def. Mark Hunt via TKO (flying knee and punches) R2, 2:27
Kelvin Gastelum def. Jake Ellenberger via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 4:46
Ricardo Lamas def. Dennis Bermudez via submission (guillotine choke) R1, 3:18
Augusto Montano def. Chris Heatherly via TKO (knees) R1, 4:50
TUF: Latin America Featherweight Final
Yair Rodriguez def. Leonardo Morales via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
TUF: Latin America Bantamweight Final
Alejandro Perez def. Jose Quinonez via unanimous decision (29-26, 29-26, 28-27)
Jessica Eye def. Leslie Smith via TKO (due to doctor’s stoppage / cut) R2, 1:30
Gabriel Benitez def. Humberto Brown via technical submission (guillotine choke) R3, 0:30
Henry Briones def. Guido Cannetti via submission (rear-naked choke) R2, 1:44
Marco Beltran def. Marlon Vera via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)