Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) travels "down under" for the first time this year as the leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion gets set to host a UFC Fight Night 85 card, featuring a heavyweight main event pitting veteran finishers, Mark Hunt and Frank Mir, against each other.
It all goes down inside Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia, TONIGHT (Sat., March 19, 2016) when "Super Samoan" and the ex-champion Mir duke it out inside the Octagon.
In the co-main event, the volatile Cuban, Hector Lombard, squares off with the ever-improving Neil Magny in a 170-pound contest. Elsewhere on the evening's main card, upstart lightweight talents face off when the Aussie Jake Matthews meets Power MMA's Johnny Case, while former Olympic competitor Dan Kelly collides with ground ace Antonio Carlos Jr. in a middleweight affair.
However, before we can get to the night's main courses, fight fans will be treated to a set of six "Prelims" exchanges, which are set to begin on the Fight Pass digital streaming service at 7 p.m. ET, before transferring over to FOX Sports 1 (FS1) for the final four at 8 p.m. ET.
Below are the results recaps for the four "Prelims" bouts scheduled for FS1:
Brendan O'Reilly vs. Alan Jouban
The Brisbane native O'Reilly came into his tussle with the part-time model Jouban searching for back-to-back victories for the first time in his UFC career.
Jouban attacks the body and they clinch. The American takes the fight over to the fence. Good knee from Jouban. O'Reilly with a brilliant foot sweep. "Brahma" now on his back, but he's up in a hurry. "The Badger" lands a knee in the clinch. Beautiful short elbow from Jouban. Big body shot, coupled with a right hand gets O'Reilly on shaky ground. He's then finished off with knees, and a few more ground shots, to halt the contest early in round one.
Jouban moves to 13-4 (4-2 UFC), while O'Reilly falls to 6-1-1 NC (1-2 UFC).
Result: Jouban via first-round TKO
Dan Hooker vs. Mark Eddiva
Elevation Fight Team's Hooker engaged with the Filipino fighter Eddiva in a featherweight bout.
Hooker switching stances to begin. He's enormous for this division. Eddiva holds onto the leg after a head kick attempt and gets caught in a guillotine choke attempt. The 30-year-old is forced to tap after he moves to full mount.
Hooker moves to 13-6 overall (3-2 UFC), while Eddiva loses his third straight and drops to 6-3.
Result: Hooker via first-round submission (guillotine choke)
Leslie Smith vs. Rin Nakai
"The Peacemaker" looked to bring some order to her UFC career when she took on Japan's Rin Nakai in a women's bantamweight affair.
Both women start out in a low stance. Smith very low, almost eye-level to Nakai. Body shot, followed by a strike to head for Smith. Smith utilizing quick strikes. Nakai finds the mark though in close. Smith with a big left hand. Nakai slipping some punches, but gets caught. That's the challenge for Smith; she needs to hit the shorter fighter. Nakai barrels into the clinch. Nakai turns the corner on a takedown attempt, but doesn't get it. Good defense from Smith, who needs to maintain distance. Smith catches a leg kick. The American is mixing things up well. Very solid left hand finds the mark for Smith. Good combinations towards the end of the frame by the Cesar Gracie fighter. Nakai shoots and scores on a takedown attempt, which she completes after the bell. 10-9 Smith
Nakai holding her own in the striking department, but it's Smith's fight to lose. Smith peppering her with straight punches. Nakai with an early takedown. The 29-year-old settles into half guard. Smith looking to escape, peeling a leg away. Nakai staying heavy though and prevents her opponent from getting back to her feet near the fence. Smith throws up a triangle choke attempt and is now trying to wall walk. Smith currently in an arm triangle choke attempt now. Smith escapes brilliantly, attacks after she gets back to her feet with an incredible striking display, but it's short lived as Nakai secures a body lock and takedown. Nakai does some decent damage in half guard and takes the round handedly. 19-19 Nakai
Smith pawing with the left hand early. Nakai initiates a takedown, but Smith defends nicely. Good balance. Nice uppercut-left hand combo by Smith. Smith defends another takedown and launches an offensive. She's letting her hands go. Nakai is a tough cookie. The 33-year-old Smith attacks the body. Nakai searches for a takedown with 2:00 to go. Another body shot tags Nakai, who shoots. Nakai scores a pivotal takedown. Nakai in half guard, but she may be able to take Smith's back. Smith stands back up with 30 seconds left. I'll award Smith the round because she landed more and Nakai did next to nothing with the takedown. 29-28 Smith
Smith records her second UFC win and improves to 8-6-1, while Nakai drops her second straight and falls to 16-2-1.
Result: Smith via unanimous decision
Richard Walsh vs. Viscardi Andrade
Aussie welterweight Walsh aimed to defend his home turf against the invading Brazilian grappler Andrade.
Walsh moving forward, lands a 2-1 on the break. Low kick as Andrade looks to counter. Andrade drops him with a right hand. Walsh pops up and survives. Now they're throwing heat. Andrade stuffs a takedown, one minute in. Walsh separates from the clinch. Walsh stings him with a three-piece combo. Andrade catches a kick, eats a couple of right hands and switches to a double-leg. Two minutes in. The Brazilian completes a takedown into guard. Walsh wraps him up as Andrade looks for short shots. Two minutes to go. Neither man doing much to improve position or deal too much damage. The ref stands them up with a minute to go. Walsh continues to press forward and they trade punches. Andrade lands a body kick. Walsh shoots as Andrade fires a spinning back fist but gets stuffed. 10-9 Andrade
Walsh in attack mode, drops Andrade, who came out in a hurry himself. Walsh eats an upkick as the Brazilian tries to defend himself. The Aussie has him pinned up against the fence. Another spinning back fist from Walsh. We're back up to the feet. Body kick for Andrade. Walsh brings this fight to the clinch. Gets one underhook. They separate with 2:30 left in the round. Good counter strikes from "Filthy Rich" here. Back to the clinch. An elbows scores for Walsh. Andrade continuing to assault the body with kicks. Andrade trying to get the fight to the ground and nearly takes the back of Walsh. Walsh needs to be careful getting back to his feet. Andrade wants the neck. Walsh being careful in his movement. Walsh survives a ninja choke and we move into round three. 20-18 Andrade
Andrade cracks Walsh with a body kick. Walsh doubles up on the jab. Nice level change from Andrade, who moves into half guard shortly after a takedown. The 27-year-old Walsh looking to get back to his feet. Andrade once again aims for the neck of his opponent. He's smart to hold this position, is the 32-year-old. Walsh stands up much to the joy of the crowd. Walsh gets the fight to the ground on a single leg attempt. He's unable to keep him there for long. Andrade shoots and gets an important takedown to even out the final round. Full guard now. Puzzles me why Walsh would want to take it to the ground in this fight, seems like he's been owning the stand-up when it's gone there. Andrade rides out the fight in half guard, raining down punches. 30-27 Andrade
Andrade wins his second straight and improves to 19-6, while Walsh falls to 9-4.
Result: Andrade via unanimous decision
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