Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the mixed martial arts (MMA) forefront following a week hiatus to bring fight fans an enticing UFC Fight Pass exclusive tonight (Sat., May 9, 2015) as UFC Fight Night 65: "Miocic vs. Hunt" goes down live from the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, South Australia.
Catch all the action LIVE with a main card start time of 11 p.m. ET (for up-to-date UFC Fight Night 65 results click here).
Below is everything you need to know to stay on top of the Fight Pass event in South Australia.
Who: Stipe Miocic vs. Mark Hunt
What: UFC Fight Night 65
When: Sat., May 9, 2015, beginning at 7:45 p.m. ET on Fight Pass
Where: Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, South Australia
How To Watch: Main card at 11 p.m ET; UFC Fight Pass "Prelims" under card at 7:45 p.m ET.
Live UFC Fight Night 65 results: Play-by-play coverage stream right here
Why It Matters: Fight Pass exclusives have become synonymous with mediocre international talent getting top billing in order to please the fan base in attendance, often leaving MMA fans around the globe puzzled as to exactly why UFC brass opts to feature certain fighters. Thankfully, UFC Fight Night 65 features two of the top-five ranked heavyweights in the world today as Stipe Miocic and Mark Hunt battle it out in the night's main event. An exciting heavyweight battle in the main event, plus a plethora of intriguing prospects on the undercard? Count me in!
What's Hot: The main event in Adelaide is going to bring the house down as the Australian faithful cheer on the "Super Samoan." If you thought Hunt was an MMA cult hero in the States, just wait until you hear the crowd in Adelaide as the former K-1 champion makes his way to the Octagon tonight. Hunt's fights in Australia have proven to be must-watches, as the heavyweight behemoth knocked out Chris Tuscherer way back in 2011 before putting on a "Fight of the Decade" nominee in a draw against Antonio Silva in 2013. Whatever you do, don't miss Mark Hunt take on Stipe Miocic tonight.
What's Not: There is absolutely no question the degree of talent necessary to get a UFC roster spot has dropped considerably over the last several years, and that is mostly due to the hectic schedule that requires UFC brass to have a loaded roster. Unfortunately, that leaves MMA fans with bouts that should simply never be contested inside the Octagon. At UFC Fight Night 65, the fight in question is the women's strawweight bout pitting Lisa Ellis against Bec Rawlings. Ellis comes into the fight with a 15-9 record, having been finished eight times in her career. As for "Rowdy" Bec, the Australian boasts a 5-4 record and has not won a fight in two years. Ouch.
Original Card vs Actual Card:
The injury bug has been around quite a lot lately, but UFC Fight Night 65 was barely affected, losing only two fighters to injuries.
Kyle Noke was set to take on Andreas Stahl tonight, but after an injury to Stahl, UFC called up CFFC champ Jonavin Webb to the big show.
Seo Hee Ham was expected to face Bec Rawlings this evening, but an injury forced her out of the fight and she was replaced by Lisa Ellis.
Ben Nguyen (vs. Alptekin Ozkilic): Ben Nguyen will make his Octagon debut as the opening act for UFC Fight Night 65, and he won't have an easy test against Alptekin Ozkilic. Boasting a 13-5 record, the South Dakota native has never faced any elite-level competition, yet he has lost via knockout four times. While that stat may be alarming, Nguyen has not lost in five years, and has eight knockouts and three submission victories under his belt.
Jonavin Webb (vs. Kyle Noke): Another Renzo Gracie product will make his Octagon debut in Australia tonight, and Jonavin Webb is someone you should be watching. The former CFFC welterweight champ is undefeated at 8-0, and most recently defeated MMA journeyman Elijah Harshbarger via submission in the very first round. "Spyder" has finished six of his eight victories, and also fought to a No Contest against Lyman Good.
How The "Prelims" Look: With only four fights on the main card, these "Prelims" are a whole lot heftier than usual with eight scheduled bouts.
To keep it short and sweet, make sure you watch Jonavin Webb, Ben Nguyen, and Kailin Curran. The rest of the fights on the "Prelims" could provide some finishes, but other than that there is not much to see here.
Who Needs A Win Badly: This portion is reserved for fighters who could be fighting for their jobs today, rather than contenders or title challengers needing victory. Let's take a look at those who need to pull it together:
Alptekin Ozkilic (vs. Ben Nguyen): Time and again UFC brass cut fighters on three fight losing streaks, so it would be in Ozkilic's best interest to pull out a victory in Adelaide tonight. Considering his exciting style and intriguing fights, I doubt Ozkilic gets the boot either way.
Alex Chambers (vs. Kailin Curran): "Astro Girl" is 36 years old, was outclassed by Aisling Daly in her Octagon debut, and has not won a fight in two years. A loss in Australia will spell the end for Chambers' career inside UFC.
Dylan Andrews (vs. Brad Scott): A once promising prospect, Dylan Andrews seemingly can't stay healthy enough to fight inside the Octagon. After injuring his shoulder during his battle with Clint Hester, the New Zealander was knocked out by Sam Alvey. "The Villain's" back is against the wall tonight.
Lisa Ellis and Bec Rawlings: I already gave you a short preview of just how bad this fight truly is, but to reiterate, neither woman has won a fight in over two years (Ellis hasn't won since 2012!), and there is just nothing about either woman that would make a fight fan believe they have any opportunity to contend against the division's best. This is a loser leaves town match.
Interest Level: 4/10
Two straight 4/10 UFC cards for me.
The only real intrigue tonight is to see how the heavyweight clash in the main event plays out, plus I am excited to watch top-level prospects in Jake Matthews and Jonavin Webb throw down.
While this card may not be the best on paper, a lot of these bouts have fighters who have a penchant for finishing or being finished, so we may be treated to some highlight reel knockouts or submissions later on.
One can only hope!
Check out the full UFC Fight Night 65 card right here:
UFC Fight Pass Main Event:
265 lbs.: Stipe Miocic vs. Mark Hunt
UFC Fight Pass Main Card (11 p.m. ET):
185 lbs.: Brad Tavares vs. Robert Whittaker
205 lbs.: Sean O'Connell vs. Anthony Perosh
155 lbs.: Jake Matthews vs. James Vick
UFC Fight Pass Prelims (8 p.m. ET):
145 lbs.: Hatsu Hioki vs. Daniel Hooker
170 lbs.: Kyle Noke vs. Jonavin Webb
185 lbs.: Sam Alvey vs. Daniel Kelly
115 lbs.: Lisa Ellis vs. Bec Rawlings
185 lbs.: Dylan Andrews vs. Brad Scott
115 lbs.: Alex Chambers vs. Kailin Curran
170 lbs.: Vik Grujic vs. Brendan O'Reilly
125 lbs.: Ben Nguyen vs. Alptekin Ozkilic
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 65 fight card RIGHT HERE, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET, right on through the Fight Pass main card, slated to begin at 11 p.m. ET.
See you then!