UFC Fight Night 85 in Brisbanem Australia was headlined by hometown favorite Mark Hunt, who defeated former heavyweight champion and UFC veteran, Frank Mir, with another walk-off KO. The co-main event was a crazy comeback victory by Neil Magny, cementing himself as a serious welterweight contender, and two of the UFC’s rising prospects in Jake Matthews and Johnny Case put on FOTN honors. Below is a list of the winning fighters of the event, and what is next for them in their careers.

Mark Hunt
Hunt took home his second consecutive first round knockout over former champion Frank Mir. At the age of 41, it seems that the only thing that is still keeping Hunt fighting is a shot at becoming the heavyweight champion. It’s tough to really pick an opponent for “The Super Samoan” since he has already faced every current fighter ahead of him in the 888Sport rankings. I believe the best next possible fight for Hunt is to stay ready and in shape in case one of the heavyweight fights booked currently has a fighter forced out due to injury, and he can step in. If no fights get scrapped, I would like to see Hunt face the winner of Overeem vs Arlovski, that is if Overeem wins and isn’t given a title shot after.

Neil Magny
Magny showed just how tough he truly is once again in his victory over Hector Lombard. Magny was dropped with a powerful shot early on; although he was intelligently defending himself, some could have said that if the referee intervened it would’ve been a fair stoppage. In the second round, he was dropped once again, but was able to recover and stay calm and once Lombard started to slow down, Magny took advantage and finished the fight.

It’s insane how Magny was a competitor on TUF 16, one of the least talented seasons in the show’s history. After starting 1-2 in the promotion, he gathered together seve  wins in a year until being halted by the very tough Demian Maia. He has bounced back by three big wins in fights he went into as the underdog. Magny deserves a big step up in competition and a possible matchup for him to show if he can hang around the top 5 of the division and possibly challenge for a title is Johny Hendricks. If he is able to beat the former champion, he will be right up in the rankings as someone who can challenge for the belt.

Jake Matthews
Matthews is one of the best rising prospects in the promotion and with his big win over Johnny Case, it is time for the UFC to start giving him the marketing push needed. Every time Matthews enters the octagon, he shows great improvements, and in his latest bout, his striking seemed to improve greatly. The 21-year-old has fought all five of his UFC fights in his hometown and I would love to see him fight on a pay-per-view card in the states, possible on a Vegas card. The UFC shouldn’t rush Matthews too quickly, due to how young he is, so a good next matchup could be Shane Campbell who is still a tough test, but an opponent that Matthews should get by with ease.

Daniel Kelly
Kelly without a doubt put on the best performance of his mixed martial arts career in front of his home crowd with a victory in a fight that many expected him to lose. He was down on the scorecards going into the final round and knew he needed a finish and that’s exactly what he did. At 38 years old, with his current skill set, its hard to see Kelly making a run at the title, but he still seems to have more fight left in him. Due to his record of 4-1 in the UFC he definitely deserves a big step up in competition, so why not Josh Samman? Although this is a very tough test for Kelly, it is a fight that if he wins he can use to get a fight against a top 15 ranked opponent.

Steve Bosse
The Canadian came onto enemy soil against a big name veteran in James Te Huna. Bosse was originally set to face Rampage Jackson on short notice, but it fell apart. He made his debut against Thiago Santos, where he was brutally finished with a head kick. The former hockey player was coming into this bout in desperate need for a win and did so in amazing fashion. This was a huge win for Bosse and a fight against Sean O’Connell makes a ton of sense. I believe this fight would potentially be a FOTN, and that is exactly what Bosse is looking for at this point in his career.

Bec Rawlings
Rawlings’ striking looked great through two rounds against a tough opponent in Seohee Ham, giving her everything she had until the final bell and securing her second win in a row under the promotion. Rawlings deserves a ranked opponent in her next bout, and a fight against Joanne Calderwood would be guaranteed to produce fireworks.

About The Author

Jake Schneider
Staff Writer

Jake Schneider is a student at the University of Rhode Island who is currently looking to pursue a double major in Communications and Journalism. He is an MMA fanatic who has been following the sport for years. He began to share his wealth of knowledge and opinions on the sport to many of his family members and friends as well as various MMA forums online. His love and passion for the sport has been able to make many people that are a part of his life fans of mixed martial arts as well. His insight of the sport both inside and outside of the cage is what makes his analysis on fights and individual fighters so well informed.