UFC Fight Night 85: "Hunt vs. Mir" Preview + Predictions


I'm a big, big supporter of the UFC fight nights. As long as you have cable, you should be able to find these events on your TV. Therefore, it's a great way to get some promo, and most importantly, new fans. If you're not already a hardcore fan of Mixed-Martial-Arts, watching a UFC Fight Night can really get you hooked. UFC Fight Night 85 is taking place this Saturday, and you can tell the card is full of fun and action-packed matches. Now, I could talk about every single match, but this article would be way too long. Instead, we'll discuss the two biggest fights. Frank Mir vs. Mark Hunt, and Neil Magny vs. Hector Lombard. Let's get to it!


Neil Magny vs. Hector Lombard


This is a really interesting bout. If you would have given me this match-up in 2014, I'd easily have Lombard winning. In my opinion, Lombard's power and speed would have overwhelmed Magny, and he probably would have KO'd him. However, it's not 2014 anymore. Back in 2015, Lombard tested positive for steroids, and after a year-long suspension, he's ready to come back into the octagon.


The problem is, many of the fighters who get busted for roids, come back only to be a shadow of their former selves. I simply don't know if Lombard will have the same abilities and tools he possessed before the bust. Adding to that, Neil Magny had a pretty good 2015, defeating Erick Silva and Kelvin Gastelum. Because of Lombard's situation alone, I can't put my money on him. I believe Neil will embrace the grind, and keep Lombard in the ground to obtain the victory.


Frank Mir vs. Mark Hunt


On the main event, submission specialist Frank Mir will collide with Australia's own, Mark Hunt. Let's get something out-of-the-way: this one is not going 5 rounds. Not a chance. If you want to get a general idea of how this fight will play out, look at Hunt's record. There are two options: Hunt is knocking Mir out, or Frank is taking the super Samoan to the ground before submitting him or scoring a TKO.


Now, if I have to pick, I guess I'm going Mir? Look, this is a fight that you can predict all you want, but you can't be 100% sure of the outcome. Hunt is coming of a solid TKO victory over Antonio Silva. And while Mir suffered a tough loss against Andrei Arlovski in his last fight, he had a decent 2015, defeating Todd Duffee and again, Antonio Silva (poor Bigfoot).

Final Prediction: Mir is going to avoid stand-up as much as possible. Not because his striking is weak (it's not), but because a solid punch by Mark Hunt will turn your brain off. Once he eventually takes Hunt down, he'll finish the fight by submission or TKO.


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