Mark Hunt landed a single devastating straight right strike to put away Frank Mir in the first round at UFC Fight Night 85.
Both fighters jockeyed for position with Mir trying to grab a leg at times, but Hunt stuffed everything and capitalized when Mir came into the pocket to throw.
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Jake Matthews and Johnny Case secured Fight-of-the-Night honours while Hunt and Neil Magny earned performance bonuses. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.
Kenai Andrews checks in.
TSN 2 MAIN CARD
BEC RAWLINGS VS SEOHEE HAM
WINNER: BEC RAWLINGS VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: SEOHEE HAM VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Bad judging as Ham easily won two of the three rounds. Rawlings didn’t even finish strong. The volume of Ham’s striking and transitions into threatening submissions easily nullified the power shots of Rawlings. It’s sad to see that judging like this still exists.
JAMES TE HUNA VS STEVE BOSSE
WINNER: STEVE BOSSE VIA TKO R1 0:52
ANDREWS PREDICTION: JAMES TE HUNA VIA TKO
Andrews: Bosse placed a beautiful right hand stepping away that caught Te Huna – and everybody else – by surprise. Beautiful upset performance by Bosse. It just goes to show you that anything can happen in MMA.
DAN KELLY VS ANTONIO CARLOS JUNIOR
WINNER: DANIEL KELLY VIA TKO R3 1:36
ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANTONIO CARLOS JUNIOR VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: ACJ seemed to be causing for a decision win when out of nowhere, a knee dazed him and Kelly pounced for the TKO win. Great win for Kelly.
JAKE MATTHEWS VS JOHNNY CASE
WINNER: JAKE MATTHEWS BY SUBMISSION R3 4:46
ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOHNNY CASE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Matthews despite only being 21-years-old, attacked the body to soften up Case and took advantage in the third round, locking up a rear naked choke. Case did pretty good too, but the body kicks wore him down. Great performance by Matthews.
#13 HECTOR LOMBARD VS #9 NEIL MAGNY (17-5-0)
WINNER: NEIL MAGNY VIA TKO R3 0:46
ANDREWS PREDICTION: NEIL MAGNY VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Magny made another amazing comeback after almost getting finished in the first round. And then Lombard survived a similar beating in the second round. But finally the reach and strategy of Magny took over. Great performances by both fighters.
#9 MARK HUNT VS #10 FRANK MIR
WINNER: MARK HUNT VIA TKO R1 3:01
ANDREWS PREDICTION: FRANK MIR VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: I thought Mir would be able to survive the early rounds, but he was crumpled by a single devastating shot by Hunt. Mir just got caught. Great performance by Hunt!