The UFC is headed to Adelaide, Australia for UFC Fight Night 65. The overall event leaves much to be desired, and if you’ve got your finger on the pulse of MMA, you know there hasn’t been much talk about the event. The UFC hasn’t done much promotion, and the media has followed suit. While it’s been a quite fight week, it’s still a free event if you subscribe to fight pass, and it’s worth watching.

The card is littered with fighters that are hungry to make a name for themselves and that could generate some exciting fights. The main event is a heavy weight fight between Stipe Miocic and Mark Hunt. They are ranked fourth and fifth respectively. For a Fight Pass main event, you can’t complain. At the end of the night, bonuses will be delivered for “Performance of the Night” and “Fight of the Night.” Here are my predictions on who will leave with an extra $50,000.

Fight of the Night: James Vick vs. Jake Mathews

The UFC is calculated in selecting the placement of their fights. This fight is the first fight on the main card, and will set the tone for the rest of the evening. It is a fight pass card, so placement isn’t that big of a deal, but it’s still an important spot. The match up between Vick and Mathews is designed to generate excitement. You have two, hungry, skilled, undefeated fighters with almost equal experience. While Vick has had a few decisions, both men have the ability to finish the fight whether they are striking or grappling. Mathews has a significant reach disadvantage, and he may try to take it to the ground to nullify that. If he gets it there and they are both utilizing there jiu-jitsu it will be a great fight. No matter where this fight ends up, it should be a fun back and forth. Whether it goes to the judges or someone gets a finish its hard to imagine this fight being boring.

Performance of the Night: Stipe Miocic 

The fight between Miocic and Hunt means a lot to both men. Every fight matters, but they are both coming off of losses and another loss would be devastating. Hunt on the other hand is forty-one years old and if any fighter has mileage it’s him. He’s suffered two knock outs in his past four fights and he’s facing a very dangerous fighter in Miocic. While Hunt possesses serious knock out power, Miocic has faced that before. He went the distance, and defeated Roy Nelson which is one of the only guys that can match Hunt’s knock out power. This fight feels like a passing of the guard, and it’s very likely that Miocic will score his ninth knock out victory. If he manages to knock out Hunt in Adelaide, he will be more than deserving of the $50,000.

 

About The Author

Michael Davis
Director, Business Development/Senior Staff Writer

Michael Davis is a seasoned professional in the world of finance. In recent years, he has worked for Fortune 500 companies and consulted at one of the largest hedge funds in the world. After working closely with a mixed martial arts management company, he realized he could apply his skills to the sport he loved. The culmination of his professional experience and passion for MMA have led him to his role as Senior Staff Writer and Director of Business Development at The MMA Corner.