UFC Fight Night 85 was one of those cards no one really needed to see. In fact, maybe it was even written off by some of your fight-watching friends. But once again the UFC proved that the card you doubt is the card that’ll entertain from top to bottom, and that’s exactly what happened in Brisbane, Australia on Saturday night.
—Mark Hunt def. Frank Mir via KO (round 1). WE WANTED THE THUNDER AND MARK HUNT DELIVERED THE THUNDER. Once again Hunt stepped up, was patient, and walked away from his crumbled opponent after a super-heroic punch. Incredible. You can check out the replay here.
—Neil Magny def. Hector Lombard via TKO (round 3). FIGHT OF THE YEAR? Hector Lombard had an insane start to the fight, dominating Magny for 4 minutes with a plethora of brutal shots before he began to gas. It was a clear 10-8, and frankly I want to call it 10-7. Let’s just do it. But, Hector was tired while Magny was bouncing around and looked FRESH.
So, Magny started to have his way with Lombard in round 2, working his reach advantage on and picking Lombard apart until he got caught by another power shot, dropping him to the ground.
Somehow, Magny made his way on top of Lombard and rained non-stop shots on his face until the round ended. Let’s be clear – the fight probably should’ve ended.
Round 3 quickly went the same way, and Magny just had the best performance of his career. Incredible fight.
—Jake Matthews def. Johnny Case via technical submission, rear naked choke (round 3). This was a really fun back and forth battle that saw Case hanging on by a thread and barely surviving until he got put to sleep as time ran out in the third.
—Dan Kelly def. Antônio Carlos Júnior via TKO (round 3). The 4x judo Olympian and massive underdog was getting dominated for the better of two rounds until he caught Antônio with a knee that dazed him and led to the finish.
—Steve Bossé def. James Te-Huna via KO (round 1). The fight lived up to the “don’t take your eyes away from the screen” hype, as Bossé put Te-Huna to sleep with a sweet hook. This guy is the definition of “kill or be killed.” You can watch the knockout here.
—Bec Rawlings def. Seohee Ham via unanimous decision.
It was a fun fight between the ladies to start the show, as Bec got it done in her home country. It was a closer fight than the scorecards will show, with two 30-27’s in favor of Bec Rawlings.
—Alan Jouban def. Brendan O’Reilly via TKO (round 1).
—Dan Hooker def. Mark Eddiva via slick guillotine choke (round 1).
—Leslie Smith def. Rin Nakai vis unanimous decision.
—Viscardi Andrade def. Richard Walsh via unanimous decision.
Fight Pass prelims
—Ross Pearson def. Chad Laprise via split-decision.
—Alan Patrick def. Damien Brown via unanimous decision.