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UFC Fight Night 85 predictions

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The UFC returns to Australia for its first fight since the major upset of Ronda Rousey in November, but the card this time is part of the Fight Night series. It features old war horses on one last push for title shot relevancy in the main event with a fixture of other prospects and ranked contenders jockeying for position the rest of the way down.

What: UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Mir

Where: Brisbane Entertainment Center, Brisbane, Australia

When: Saturday, the two-fight Fight Pass card starts at 7 p.m. ET, the four-fight Fox Sports 1 preliminary card starts at 8 p.m. and the six-fight main card kicks off at 10 p.m.

Mark Hunt vs. Frank Mir

Whenever fighters get this old, you never know when the bottom is going to drop out. Is Hunt’s legendary chin going to hold up? Will Mir gas too quickly? Are both still willing to pull the trigger? It’s just so hard to say. Hunt won his rematch against Antonio Silva, but didn’t look great. Mir was on a win streak, too, before running into Andrei Arlovski and is long in the tooth, anyway. I’d argue Mir has a bigger advantage on the ground than Hunt does on the feet, but even then, it’s hard to say that with much confidence. Ultimately, though, I’m going to side with the American. If the fight goes long, I don’t like his chances, but I don’t think Hunt’s the same after the beating he took from Miocic. He seemed hesitant against Silva and while Mir isn’t the striker Hunt is, he can still do damage anywhere. Hard to predict this one, but I’m leaning Mir.

Pick: Mir

Neil Magny vs. Hector Lombard

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