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UFC Fight Night 85 predictions: Fight Pass ‘Prelims’ undercard preview, Pt. 1

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Veteran savvy in spades.

Two of the most well-traveled Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight competitors, Mark Hunt and Frank Mir, do battle inside Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia, this Saturday evening (March 19, 2016) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 85.

The FOX Sports 1-based show will also feature Hector Lombard’s return to the cage against Neil Magny and a clash of Lightweight prospects between Johnny Case and Australia’s own Jake Matthews.

Some last-minute troubles have cut the seven-fight “Prelims” undercard matches down to six, four on Fight Pass and the others on FOX Sports 1. Let’s see what’s left on the table for Fight Pass.

170 lbs.: Ross Pearson vs. Chad Laprise

Ross Pearson (18-10) has alternated losses and wins in his last seven fights, although the first loss was a horrific robbery against Diego Sanchez. His last two efforts have seen him upset Paul Felder in Vegas and drop a decision to Francisco Trinaldo in Boston.

He has knocked out seven opponents and submitted another five.

Chad Laprise (10-1) smashed his way through The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): “Nations,” taking home “Fight of the Season” and one of the two “Performances of the Season” before ultimately beating Olivier Aubin-Mercier to win the show. Decision wins over Yosdenis Cedeno and Bryan Barberena followed before “The Disciple” ran afoul of Francisco Trinaldo, who dropped and choked him out in the first round.

He stands two inches taller than Pearson at 5’10.”

Laprise has demonstrated solid hands and decent wrestling, but Pearson is a huge step up when it comes to striking. The Canadian doesn’t have the power of Al Iaquinta, the overpowering grappling of Evan Dunham, or the raw strength of Trinaldo. He’s almost certainly going to wind up boxing with Pearson, a recipe for disaster.

The Brit, inconsistent as he is, remains one of the division’s best ….View full article

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