The UFC’s first event in Brisbane, Australia, saw Mark Hunt and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva go to war for five full rounds. In the return, Hunt settled for a walk off KO in the first round.
Hunt took out Frank Mir just three minutes into the opening round with the first significant strike of the fight. It had been a tentative start prior to the finish, with neither getting in anything more than jabs and leg kicks; after stuffing a few level change attempts from Mir, Hunt changed that with a right hand behind the ear. Mir crumpled and fell to his back, and Hunt just slowly walked away knowing Mir was done.
The main event of UFC Fight Night 85 wasn’t the only highlight, as the main card provided several highlights, including three straight comeback stoppages in the third round. It started with Dan Kelly, who gave the home country crowd something to cheer about when he took out Antonio Carlos Junior early in the third after going down two rounds to none. Then came another Aussie in 21-year-old Jake Matthews, who took out Johnny Case with 15 seconds remaining in their fight after a highly competitive first ten minutes; two judges had Case up two rounds into that frame, so Matthews’ stole a win with his rear naked choke that he wouldn’t have been awarded by decision.
Finally, Neil Magny had a massive comeback after nearly getting stopped by Hector Lombard in the opening minute of their co-main event bout. Magny did everything he could to keep himself in the fight, and he put himself in a good position by doing so as Lombard expended his energy attempting to get the finish. Magny took over from there, beating Lombard up for much of the second and flattening him out late for what should have been the stoppage; unfortunately, referee Steve Perceval allowed it to continue, and Magny needed to finish quickly in the final round.
In other main card results, Steve Bosse demolished James Te Huna with a huge one-punch KO, while Bec Rawlings scored a decision over Seohee Ham in the opening bout.
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