After a rare weekend off, the UFC is back in action this weekend and heading to Australia for a tremendous fight card. On Sunday, May 10, 2015 the UFC will be at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia, for UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt.

As a general rule, when the UFC broadcasts an event on their streaming service UFC Fight Pass, it’s because the event lacks name fighters. But UFC Fight Night 65 isn’t lacking in that department at all. The main event between heavyweights Stipe Miocic and Mark Hunt could have easily carrier a Fox Sports 1 card. If the UFC is serious about getting fans to buy UFC Fight Pass, then this is the kind of card they need to offer time and time again.

There’s more to this card than just the main event too. There are a few interesting matchups on the undercard and the main card is absolutely loaded with solid matchups. UFC Fight Night 65 – on paper – is a winner in my book and speaking of winners…

Jake Matthews vs. James Vick

Kicking off the main card is a lightweight bout featuring two undefeated TUF alums in Matthews and Vick. Both of these fighters are tremendous prospects in the UFC lightweight division, but only one will emerge as a contender in waiting.

Even though Vick trains at a great camp, he’s going to have a lot of trouble with young Matthews. The 20-year-old Australian is a beast who has finished seven of eight opponents. Young, aggressive, and fighting in front of a home crowd is a tough combination to contend with.

Prediction: Matthews via Unanimous Decision

Anthony Perosh vs. Sean O’Connell

O’Connell is a good athlete and a tough fighter, but he is going to be overwhelmed by Perosh. Even though Perosh is 42, he is still one of the toughest light heavyweights in the world. All 15 of his career wins have come by stoppage. It’s not a matter of if Perosh will win, but rather how he will win.

Prediction: Perosh via first round Submission

Brad Tavares vs. Robert Whittaker

The co-main event between Tavares and Whittaker is a bout with a lot of potential as the winner here will be upgraded to dark horse contender status in the UFC middleweight division. Tavares has come close to that level before, but back-to-back losses took him out of the mix. But Tavares’ win over former title challenger Nate Marquardt showed that he has the tools to make a run at the title.

Whittaker will be the younger faster fighter in the cage of Sunday, but that won’t matter much. Tavares only loses to wrestlers and that’s just not Whittaker’s game.

Prediction: Tavares via Unanimous Decision

Stipe Miocic vs. Mark Hunt

In the main event of the evening, heavyweight strikers Miocic and Hunt will battle it out to stay in the hunt for a UFC heavyweight title shot. Even though both men are coming off of losses in their last outings, the UFC heavyweight division is so thin any fighter with name recognition is only really one or two wins away from a shot at the belt.

The fan in me really wants to take Hunt here; he’s a fighter that is just hard to root against. But Miocic just has too many weapons and his performance against Junior dos Santos really showed me his grit and toughness.

Prediction: Miocic via third round Submission

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report,, and RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.