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UFC Fight Night 85: Hunt vs Mir predictions

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.

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Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

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BEC RAWLINGS (6-4-0) VS SEOHEE HAM (16-6-0)

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Opponents Bec Rawlings of Australia and Seohee Ham of South Korea face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on March 19, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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)

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Opponents James Te Huna of New Zealand and Steve Bosse of Canada face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on March 19, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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)

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Daniel Kelly of Australia and Antonio Carlos Junior of Brazil face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on March 19, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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)

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Opponents Jake Matthews of Australia and Johnny Case face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on March 19, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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)

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Opponents Hector Lombard of Cuba and Neil Magny face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on March 19, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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

MAIN EVENT 

#9 MARK HUNT (11-10-1) VS #10 FRANK MIR (18-10-0)

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Opponents Mark Hunt of New Zealand and Frank Mir face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on March 19, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.
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