By: Chad Milburn
UFC Fight Night 85 should be a very entertaining card for the fans. I mean who would not want to watch Frank Mir trade blows with Mark Hunt, even if they are getting up in age? And say what you want about both of these men, but Neil Magny has recently been holding up well with some tough Welterweight competition and Hector Lombard is one of the hardest hitters in the division. Not to mention, this is all on Fox Sports 1 for free. The rest of the main card features a lot of exciting up and coming talents in the UFC, making it a very intriguing overall card. A lot of questions will be answered. But now that I am done hyping you up, onto the predictions.
Seo Hee Ham vs. Bec Rawlings
Ham enters this Straw weight bout coming off her first UFC win in Korea over Cortney Casey, while Bec “Rowdy” Rawlings is also coming off of her first UFC win over Lisa Ellis. Ham seems to be a quicker striker with more accuracy and less power. She is more of a natural atom weight (105 lbs) while Rawlings is a bigger straw weight fighter.Rawlings is a crafty grappler who will have her home country support in this fight.
Rawlings will be the much bigger fighter and will take down Ham and control the fight keeping Ham on her back. Ham will get worn down by the pressure from Rawlings and will get submitted near the end of the fight after getting beat up on her back for the entirety of the fight.
Final Prediction: Rawling by 3rd Round Submission
James Te Huna vs. Steve Bosse
Any match up with Steve Bosse is destined for fireworks. James Te Huna is off almost a two year hiatus from injuries and returns to fight Bosse who lost his UFC debut to Thiago Santos by head kick. Bosse is 10-2 with 9 KO/TKO victories and Te Huna brings in a 3 fight losing streak from before he encountered injury set backs.
Bosse will come out swinging as always, but Te Huna will be able to avoid these big punches and get the better of the exchanges with Bosse, whos chin may be a bit weaker since suffering the KO to Santos. Bosse will keep coming back trying to find that knockout punch, but eventually Te Huna will catch him and end the fight early.
Final Prediction: Te Huna by 1st Round KO
Daniel Kelly vs. Antonio Carlos Jr.
A Middleweight bout with a very diverse stylistic match up. Native Australian Daniel Kelly is well known for his success in Judo. Antonio Carlos Jr. is a great Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner, so it is a safe bet this fight will end up on the mat. Carlos Jr.’s last fight was a no contest due to an eye poke, but before that he defeated Eddie “Truck” Gordon. Kelly is coming off a rather uneventful decision victory at UFC 193.
Carlos Jr. will be the bigger, faster, and stronger fighter as Kelly has really shown that he is closing in on 40 in his previous fights. Carlos Jr. will control all of the scrambles and any action that happens standing up as well. However, Carlos Jr. will take this fight to the mat quick and end the fight early on.
Final Prediction: Carlos Jr. by 1st Round Submission
Johnny Case vs. Jake Matthews
This may actually be the most intriguing fight on the entire card. Both of these fighters are very young and have shown a ton of promise inside the octagon. Case is on a 12 fight win streak dating back to January of 2011 and is 4-0 in the octagon during this time. Case has very creative stand up finding many good angles to throw strikes while also using deceptive movements to stay out of harms way. Matthews is a huge prospect fighting in his home country of Australia. He is only 21 but has already fought in 4 UFC bouts going 3-1. He has a very great ground game and an also impressive, but not as noticed, stand up.
Matthews will try to suffocate Case with his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but Case will be fast enough to avoid Matthews’ ground game for most of this fight. Case will also establish to be the faster and more creative striker and control the tempo of this fight. He will not land many big shot, but he will land enough shots to get a victory.
Final Prediction: Case by Unanimous Decision
Neil Magny vs. Hector Lombard
This fight really just has people asking who is “for real” in a rather stacked Welterweight division that has a lot of current excitement in it. Can Neil Magny deal with Lombard’s power and maybe even get an exciting finish of his own? Can Lombard sustain a winning streak in the UFC against top opponents and stay out of trouble while doing so? Magny had a very impressive 7 fight win streak going in the UFC before getting pulverized by Demian Maia at UFC 190, but he quickly rebounded with two split decision victories over Erick Silva and Kelvin Gastelum.
This fight is a great battle of intriguing and very different styles. Magny is by far a better technical fighter, but Lombard hits hard enough to end the fight at any time. I think this will be a very close contest, but eventually Lombard will rock Magny and that will be the end of the fight.
Final Prediction: Lombard by 2nd Round TKO
Frank Mir vs. Mark Hunt
This fight, just like many in the heavyweight division can go either way, as the striking power of these two men is enough to put a man to sleep in an instant. Mark Hunt is coming off a TKO against Bigfoot Silva at UFC 193, but after two devastating losses that had people thinking that his first war with Silva weakened his chin, but it could just be the fact he was fighting the two men who are now currently going to fight for the UFC Heavyweight title in Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic. Frank Mir had a sneaky two fight KO win streak that had people thinking he could be vying for the title that he once owned. Then he had a major setback in a highly anticipated fight that ended with him losing a rather boring, but close decision to Andrei Arlovski.
I think Mark Hunt comes out swinging for the fences in front of his Australian home crowd hoping for the big KO to end this fight. Mir will avoid Hunt’s devastating strikes and Mir will find that Hunt is rather tired after the first round. He will then shake off the bad performance he had against Andrei Arlovski at UFC 191 and land some big punches on Hunt and get the stoppage in the second round.
Final Prediction: Mir by 2nd Round TKO