Saturday March 19, 2016— The UFC made their return to the down under and the headliner was two heavyweights colliding. Former champion and #10 ranked heavyweight contender Frank Mir steps back into the octagon looking for another win to move himself closer to another crack at the title, his opponent #9 ranked heavyweight contender Mark Hunt return to the octagon to fight in front of his home fans. Two heavyweights that are still in the top 10 and at the tail end of their careers are in desperate need of a win to show that they have one more title run left in them.
The Co Main event features two welterweights that are making their case that they deserve a top 5 opponent in their next fight, the #9 ranked contender Mr. reliable Neil Magny is looking to make it 3 wins in a row for the second time in the past year. A win for Magny could prove to that a top 5 opponent could be next for him and a win there could lead to a title shot. #13 ranked Hector Lombard was riding a two fight win streak till a no contest stopped that streak, but a win over Neil Magny could shoot Lombard into the top 10. Light weight banger between Jake Matthews and Johnny Case and a full slate of prelims to kick things off.
LET’S GET THINGS STARTED!!!
UFC Fight Pass had The 1st set of prelims and the 1st bout was in the lightweight division as Alan Patrick (12-1) took on Damien Brown (15-8), after a good fight that went back and forth and a lot of early action early in the fight the winner by unanimous decision Alan Patrick.
Next up in the featured prelim bout the lightweights took center stage as Ross Pearson (20-10) took on Chad Laprise (11-1), a good fight that Pearson was controlling early on but Laprise settled in and came back stronger as the fight went on. After going the distance, the winner by split decision Ross Pearson, a great fight to kick things off on UFC Fightpass.
Next up as the broadcast kicks to FS1 the welterweights are up next as Richard Walsh (9-4) took on Viscardi Andrade (18-7), a lot of heavy striking early in the 1st and a lot of ground work throughout the fight, but after going the distance the winner Viscardi Andrade.
Next up the ladies’ bantamweight division took the main stage as Leslie Smith (7-6-1) took on Japans own Rin Nakai (16-1-1), A great back and forth fight between two ladies who have been out for a couple of years, the striking of Smith and the takedowns of Nakai led this fight to be right down the middle. After going the distance, the winner by unanimous decision Leslie Smith.
Next up in the featherweight division Dan Hooker (13-6) took on Mark Eddiva (6-2), in the 1st round Dan Hooker slips in the guillotine and that is all she wrote Hooker gets the Submission victory.
Next up the featured prelim bout as we head back to the welterweight division were Brendan O’Reilly (6-1) took on Alan Jouban (12-4), in the 1st round a rapid back and forth of strikes ends with O’Reilly on the ground and Jouban on top with the ground and pound and that is all she wrote, Alan Jouban gets the 1st round TKO finish.
The Main card kicks off in the women’s strawweight division as Bec Rawlings (6-4) took on Seohee Ham (16-6), a good back and forth fight to kick off the main card but Ham just couldn’t handle all the offense from Rawlings. After going the distance the winner by unanimous decision Be Rowlings.
Next up in the light heavyweight division James TeHuna (18-8) took on Steve Bosse (10-2), in the 1st minute of the 1st round Steve Bosse lays one right on the chin of TeHuna and that’s all she wrote. The winner by KO Steve Bosse WOW!!!!
Next up in the middleweight division Daniel Kelly (10-1) took on Antonio Carlos Junior (6-1), a great back and forth fight that was dominated by Junior the majority of the fight but Kelly never gave up and just kept coming, and in the 3rd round Kelly took over and finished Junior by TKO. What a fight the biggest underdog on the card gets the win.
Next up a lightweight banger that everyone was dying to see, Jake Matthews (10-1) took on Johnny Case (22-4), there was no doubt that these two young lightweights were going to tear the house down and that’s what they did. Mathews and Case went back and forth through the 1st two rounds, but some late body kicks by Matthews wore down Case and Matthews was able to slip in a rear naked choke and that was it. Jake Matthews gets the win by submission just as advertised.
Co Main Event Welterweight Division
#9 Neil Magny (17-5) Vs #13 Hector Lombard (34-4-1)
The Co main event featured the welterweight division as Neil Magny took on Hector Lombard. Both fighters Are in need of a win to try and help them make a push towards a title shot. Neil Magny has won 5 fights in a year two years running and Hector Lombard is making his return after a long layoff there was no doubt he was more than ready to get back in the win Colum. Two guys that need wins, here we go. The 1st round starts out with Lombard rushing Magny and connecting with a huge right hand. Magny is rocked and the ground and pound begins. Magny does manage to weather the storm, Lombard continues to land some mean ground and pound. Magny makes it back to his feet and uses his reach to separate himself from Lombard. Magny goes for a shot and misses badly as Lombard sprawls out. They work it back to the feet and the round comes to an end. No doubt a 10-8 round there for Lombard Magny recovered from the shot he took but didn’t show any offense at all. The 2nd round with Magny using his reach to keep Lombard back, Magny landing some mean jabs on Lombard, really making Hector move around. Lombard lands another big shot that floors Magny but Neil stays calm and uses his ground game to slip in a triangle. Lombard escapes but Magny takes Lombards back and for almost a minute and thirty seconds Magny ground and pounds Lombard but no stoppage all the way till the end of the round. Did not understand at all how that fight didn’t get stopped. The 3rd round starts Magny takes down Lombard and a couple of shots on the ground and that is all she wrote. Neil Magny makes it 3 in a row as he gets the TKO victory. A well deserved win no doubt for Neil but that fight should have been stopped a long time before it did. Lombard fought hard but just ran out of gas.
Main Event Heavyweight Division
#9 Mark Hunt (11-10-1) Vs #10 Frank Mir (18-10)
The main event featured two of the best heavyweights in the world, Mark Hunt and Frank Mir are two legends of the sport that are on the back 9 of their respective careers and even though they both know that it close to the end they both feel they have one more run at the gold. Mir has had a resurgence in his career with a few big wins that his him prime for a run. Mark Hunt is coming off of a big win in his last fight and having had a shot at gold before and the Super Samoan wants one more crack at greatness. Two beasts ready to tear it down DON’T BLINK!!!! The 1st round starts out with both fighters showing respect not a lot of action early, Hunt lands a few combos as Mir comes in for a takedown that gets stuffed. Before you blink Hunt lands a right hand walk off KO that lays out Mir. That’s all she wrote. The Super Samoan Mark Hunt gets the KO finish. Hunt walked in to the octagon in front of his hometown and ended the fight the only way he knows how. Mir just didn’t see it coming but A for effort.
At the end of the night Australia was given another great night of fights. We saw a lightweight emerge as a top contender and Mr. Reliable do what he does best. In the main event Mark Hunt would have made Barry Bonds proud with that walk off KO.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT BRISBANE HUNT VS MIR RESULTS:
- Mark Hunt def. Frank Mir by
knockout (punch) in Round 1, 3:01
- Neil Magny def. Hector Lombard by
TKO (strikes) in Round 3, 0:46
- Jake Matthews def. Johnny Case by
submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 3, 4:45
- Daniel Kelly def. Antonio Carlos Junior bu
TKO (punches) in Round 3, 1:36
- Steve Bosse def. James Te Huna by
knockout (punch) in Round 1, 0:52
- Bec Rawlings def. Seo Hee Ham by
unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD #2
- Alan Jouban def. Brendan O’Reilly by
TKO (strikes) in Round 1, 2:15
- Dan Hooker def. Mark Eddiva
submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 1:24
- Leslie Smith def. Rin Nakai by
unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Viscardi Andrade def. Richard Walsh by
unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD #1
- Ross Pearson def. Chad Laprise by
split decision (28-30, 30-27, 29-28)
- Alan Patrick def. Damien Brown by
unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
By: Rick San Bartolome