UFC on FUEL 8 Live Blog: Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve

Mark Hunt will try to please the fans again with another memorable performance in Japan on Saturday night. - Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

This is the UFC on FUEL 8 live blog for Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve, a heavyweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Hunt, who has won three straight fights, will face Struve, who has won six of his past seven fights, on the main card.

Check out the UFC on FUEL 8 live blog below.


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Round 1: Herb Dean is your referee for this heavyweight fight. At 7-feet tall, Struve has 13 inches on Hunt. Hunt with a low kick. And another. Hunt throws a few hooks but comes up short. Right jab to Struve's torso. They clinch and Struve pulls guard. Sweep by Struve and a quick transition into the mount by Struve. Struve moves into half-guard. Struve moves into mount position and opens up with some big ground-and-pound. Struve transitions into a half-hearted arm-bar, Hunt escapes and ends up in Struve's guard. Hunt pops Struve with a big right. Struve with a triangle from the bottom, but Hunt escapes. Struve still actively working for submissions. Hunt passes into side control in the closing seconds. MMAFighting scores the round for Stefan Struve, 10-9.

Round 2: Hunt comes out and pops Struve with a big left hook. Struve shakes it off and starts finding a home with his left jab. Hunt connects again with the left hook, then peppers Struve with body shots as Struve covers up. Hunt with a jab and a hook. Struve clinches and Hunt tosses him to the mat. Hunt tries to posture up, but Struve catches Hunt in a foot lock. Hunt spins out and the scramble ends with Hunt in Struve's guard. Hunt passes his guard and moves into side control. Now it's Struve's turn in full mount with a minute left. Struve opens up with his ground and pound and he's connecting. He tries to work into an armbar but he's sloppy with it and can't get it. Hunt finishes the round in Struve's guard. MMAFighting scores the round for Mark Hunt, 10-9 (19-19 overall).

Round 3: Hunt again tags Struve with a left hook. Both fighters look fatigued. Struve flicks a head kick as only a seven-footer can. Hunt absorbs it. This is turning into a perversely entertaining fight. Hunt has Struve hurt and he's throwing big bombs. Hunt connects with a right to the temple and a huge left to the jaw which drops Struve. After an awkward pause, Dean stops the fight.

Mark Hunt def. Stefan Struve via TKO at 1:44 of round three.

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