Can Mark Hunt put on another show in front of another home crowd tonight?
That’s the question being asked by many fans as former champion Frank Mir steps into the cage with intentions of regenerating the momentum of 2015 that was stopped by an Andrei Arlovski decision loss.
Welcome back to The Crossfire.
Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.
TSN 2 MAIN CARD (10PM ET/7PM PT)
BEC RAWLINGS (6-4-0) VS SEOHEE HAM (16-6-0)
Andrews: Rawlings has the height and slight reach advantages here, but I like the toughness of Ham, who gave Joanne Calderwood a competitive battle in her UFC debut and decisioned Cortney Casey. Rawlings likes to work submissions, but I think the striking of Ham will pile up enough points to get the decision.
Andrews Prediction: Seohee Ham via unanimous decision
JAMES TE HUNA (16-8-0) VS STEVE BOSSE (10-2-0)
Andrews: The debut of Bosse in the UFC ended in less than thirty seconds. With Te Huna, he’s facing a versatile striker looking to end a three-fight losing streak. Bosse has the toughness and should be improved, but he’s still outmatched by the experience of Te Huna.
Andrews Prediction: James Te Huna via TKO
DAN KELLY (10-1-0) VS ANTONIO CARLOS JUNIOR (6-1-0, 1NC)
Andrews: Kelly is a 4-time Olympian and his judo is formidable, but ACR should be able to use his reach and striking to dictate the fight. As long as he doesn’t let Kelly grab him or work the clinch, he can pile up the points on the feet.
Andrews Prediction: Antonio Carlos Junior via unanimous decision
JAKE MATTHEWS (10-1-0) VS JOHNNY CASE (22-4-0)
Andrews: Tough fight to call. Matthews and Case are similar and only a slight height advantage goes to Case, while a slight leg reach goes to Matthews. I’m going with the experience of Hollywood to outpoint The Celtic Kid.
Andrews Prediction: Johnny Case via unanimous decision.
#13 HECTOR LOMBARD (35-4-1, 2NC) VS #9 NEIL MAGNY (17-5-0)
Andrews: Lombard is always Mike Tyson-like dangerous in the pocket and with his power. but the intelligence, reach and skills favour Magny. As long as he doesn’t serve his face on a platter for Lombard to knock it off, he should walk away with the decision. But like a home run hitter, Lombard will see at least one good pitch in the bout. I don’t think he can pull the trigger.
Andrews: Neil Magny via unanimous decision
#9 MARK HUNT (11-10-1) VS #10 FRANK MIR (18-10-0)
Andrews: Stipe Miocic showed Hunt can be beaten using boxing and boxing is Mir’s favourite at the moment. Add to the fact that Mir will enjoy a 7-inch reach and long as he survives the early rounds, he should get the decision. The problem is Hunt is always only one shot away from ending the bout, and has deceptive quickness and ringsmanship. His stamina is the key, Mir will bring Hunt into the later rounds, and then score enough points to win.
Andrews Prediction: Frank Mir via unanimous decision