UFC officials announced today that heavy-handed heavyweights Mark Hunt and Stipe Miocic will meet in the UFC Fight Night 65 main event when the promotion visits Adelaide, Australia for the first time on May 10th.
The always dangerous Hunt (10-9-1) is coming off a second round TKO loss to Fabricio Werdum in November for the interim heavyweight title. Just prior to that Hunt knocked out Roy Nelson in September. The 40-year-old former K-1 Grand Prix winner is 1-2-1 in his last four fights, but all it takes is one clean shot from the New Zealander to put his opponent’s lights out. He is currently ranked No. 5 in the heavyweight division.
Miocic (12-2) is coming off a unanimous decision loss, yet Fight of the Night performance, against former champ Junior dos Santos in December. The ex-collegiate baseball standout was on a three-fight winning streak before that, having dispatched the likes of Roy Nelson, Gabriel Gonzaga and Fabio Maldonado. He is currently ranked No. 4 in the division.
The following bouts have also been announced for UFC Fight Night 65:
• TUF Smashes winner Robert Whittaker (13-4, fighting out of Sydney, Australia) vs. No.15 ranked Brad Tavares (13-4, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA) in the co-main event
• BJJ specialist Anthony ‘The Hippo’ Perosh (15-8, fighting out of Sydney, Australia) vs. hard-hitting light heavyweight Sean ‘The Real OC’ O’Connell (16-6, fighting out of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
• Undefeated lightweights Jake ‘The Celtic Kid’ Matthews (9-0, fighting out of Melbourne, Australia) vs. James ‘The Texecutioner’ Vick (7-0, fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas, USA)
• No.15 ranked strawweight ‘Rowdy’ Bec Rawlings (5-4, fighting out of Brisbane, Australia) vs. No.14 ranked Seohee Ham (15-6, fighting out of Busan, South Korea)
• New Zealand’s Dylan ‘The Villain’ Andrews (18-7, fighting out of the Gold Coast, Australia) vs. British middleweight Bradley ‘Bear’ Scott (10-3, fighting out of Melksham, England)
• Alex ‘Astro Girl’ Chambers (4-2, fighting out of Sydney, Australia) vs. Kailin Curran (3-1, fighting out of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, USA) at strawweight
• TUF Nations Team Australia teammates Brendan ‘The Badger’ O’Reilly (5-1-1, fighting out of Brisbane, Australia) vs. Vik ‘The Spartan’ Grujic (7-5, fighting out of Melbourne, Australia) at welterweight