Florian and Cormier on “UFC Tonight” pick winner of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night main event – Derrick Lewis vs. Mark Hunt

By Wade Keller, MMATorch editor

Derrick Lewis (photo creditTom Szczerbowski © USA Today Sports)

On FS1′ “UFC Tonight” on Wednesday night, panelists Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier discussed this Saturday night’s Mark Hunt vs. Derrick Lewis main event. The following are highlights:

Cormier on Derrick Lewis asking to fight Mark Hunt: “Sometimes you ask for things that you don’t really want. Derrick believes he has the skill to beat Mark Hunt. He’s a very athletic heavyweight. He has unbelievable power in his hands. Derrick is developing as he’s going forward. When he first came in to the UFC, we didn’t know what we were going to get. Was he a big guy who gasses after two minutes? But he’s progressed. You can’t gas him because no one can last with him.”

•Florian on Hunt being a bad matchup for Lewis: “This is a fight that Derrick Lewis wanted. But this might be the worst matchup for him. Mark Hunt is a kickboxing champion. He’s done it all from boxing to kickboxing to mixed martial arts. He’s only gotten better despite being the oldest guy in the UFC. He’s very dangerous. He can knock you out with either hand and his chin is legendary.”

Florian picks Hunt to beat Lewis: “I think Mark Hunt has fought a lot of guys like Derrick Lewis. He’s a slicker striker and it’s in New Zealand. I think Mark Hunt pulls it off by knockout.”

 •Cormier picks Lewis to beat Hunt: “The Black Beast will win.”

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