This coming weekend will see the UFC return to Australia for the first time since Holly Holm upset Ronda Rousey at UFC 193. UFC Fight Night 85 will be headlined by a huge heavyweight division fight as Mark Hunt faces Frank Mir. Also, Neil Magny faces Hector Lombard and Bec Rawlings returns to action following a hip injury.
UFC Heavyweight Division Fight
“The Super Samoan” Mark Hunt (11-10-1) vs. Frank Mir (18-10-0)
Hunt has just won one of his last three fights, with that lone win coming over Antonio Silva by knockout at UFC 193. Mir has won two of his last three fights and this will be the third time in his last four fights that he has headlined a card. Hunt has previously challenged for the UFC Interim Heavyweight Title, losing to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 180. Mir is actually undefeated at “Fight Night” events, defeating both Todd Duffee and Antonio Silva at past “Fight Night” shows. Hunt has one thing that gets him wins and that is his amazing striking power, Mir eats a few before grounding and then submitting Hunt in the second.
UFC Welterweight Division Fight
Hector “Showeather” Lombard (34-4-1-2NC) vs. Neil Magny (17-4-0)
Lombard will be returning to action after serving a year long suspension for a failed drug test following UFC 182. Magny has won nine of his last ten under the UFC banner and he will enter this fight riding a two fight winning streak. Lombard is a former Bellator MMA Middleweight Champion and he has earned three victories in the UFC thus far. Magny has fought ten times in the last two years and is the most active fighter in the UFC other than Donald Cerrone. Lombard is going to swarm Magny early with all kinds of offense, but Magny survives and dominates the last two rounds to get the decision.
UFC Lightweight Division Fight
“Hollywood” Johnny Case (22-4-0) vs. “The Celtic Kid” Jake Matthews (9-1-0)
Case is currently undefeated in UFC competition, most notably defeating Francisco Trevino by decision at UFC 188. Matthews has won three of four fights under the UFC banner, last defeating Akbarh Arreola at UFC 193. Matthews is going to want to ground and pound Case for the win, but Case has great boxing and he keeps Matthews at bay to earn a decision.
UFC Middleweight Division Fight
Antonio “Cara De Sapato” Carlos Jr. (5-1-0-1NC) vs. Daniel Kelly (10-1-0)
Carlos Jr. has rotated wins and losses since joining the UFC in 2014, but his last bout was a no contest against Kevin Casey at UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant. Kelly has won three of four fights under the UFC banner, most notably defeating Steve Montgomery at UFC 193. Kelly will look to ground Carlos Jr., which is where Carlos Jr. wants it to go as he submits Kelly quickly in the first.
UFC Light Heavyweight Division Fight
Steve “The Boss” Bosse (10-2-0) vs. James Te Huna (16-8-0)
Bosse is currently winless under the UFC banner, having dropped a fight to Thiago Santos at UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Romero. Te Huna will enter the fight riding a three fight losing streak and he has not earned a victory in just over three years. Te Huna and Bosse are going to brawl for the short time this fight does last, Bosse clocks Te Huna early to put him asleep in the first.
UFC Women’s Strawweight Division Fight
Seo Hee Ham (16-6-0) vs. “Rowdy” Bec Rawlings (6-4-0)
Ham will be looking to build on the momentum of her first UFC win, which came over Cortney Casey at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Masvidal. Rawlings will be returning to action for the first time in nearly a year due to a hip injury, but she has only won just one of her last three. Rawlings will try to get Ham to the ground for the submission, but ham will get her engaged in a brawl to earn a close decision win.
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