UFC Fight Night 65: 5 Reasons to Watch Hunt vs. Miocic Fight Card

Dan Hiergesell@DHiergesellFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2015

UFC Fight Night 65: 5 Reasons to Watch Hunt vs. Miocic Fight Card

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    The UFC's rapid spring continues this Saturday as Adelaide, Australia plays host to UFC Fight Night 65.

    An enticing heavyweight showdown between striking artists Stipe Miocic and Mark Hunt headlines the card. As two of the most feared punchers in the division, they have the wherewithal to produce one of the most exciting fights of 2015.

    But the action doesn't stop there. With undefeated lightweights and hard-hitting middleweights at the helm, Saturday's free card offers substantial potential.

    Here are five reasons to watch the promotion's always-fun journey Down Under.

The Hippo

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    Anthony Perosh, aka The Hippo, aka Don Flamingo, is always a fun fighter to watch.

    Granted, he's less of a draw than an armless Conor McGregor.

    But what Perosh lacks in explosive athleticism and unparalleled movement he more than makes up for in undying heart and suffocating grappling.

    As one of Australia's most popular MMA entities, the 42-year-old journeyman usually does his best work in front of his home crowd.

    In any case, you can't complain when Perosh hits your television screen for free.

Whittaker's Rejuvenation

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    Robert Whittaker is no longer cutting substantial weight, and it's starting to show, as he handed Clint Hester his first career TKO loss back in November.

    The Fight of the Night performance was the 24-year-old's first Octagon appearance at 185 pounds. He made the move after recording a 3-2 promotional record as a welterweight.

    Now while one fight is nowhere near enough evidence to suggest Whittaker will one day contend for the middleweight title, it does prove that the Australian's evolving striking is strong enough to finish bigger opponents.

    However, his bout with hard-hitting divisional mainstay Brad Tavares on Saturday will be his toughest test to date. But with speed and precision on his side, Whittaker is one dominant victory away from pressuring the division's Top 10.

The Battle of Undefeated Lightweights

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    With a combined record of 15-0, undefeated lightweight prospects Jake Matthews and James Vick have everything to fight for come Saturday.

    At just 20 years of age, Matthews commands more promise moving forward, but Vick's 6'3" frame is a tough task for anyone at 155 pounds.

    The Celtic Kid should try to utilize his powerful ground skills, which has led to two straight submission victories inside of the Octagon, but Vick's size and dexterity could once again prohibit the Australian from gaining the upper hand.

    It will be up to The Texecutioner to remain patient, pick his shots and harness his massive reach advantage in order to end Matthews' rapid career ascension.

Hunt's Devastating Power

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    Mark Hunt's punching power makes Chuck Norris look like Shirley Temple.

    Well, that may be a stretch, but Hunt does in fact possess the titanic knockout ability to shift an entire division's makeup.

    He's done it once before upon his return to the UFC and will always harness that power until the day he retires.

    Sure, he's been finished by the likes of a Junior dos Santos spinning heel kick and a Fabricio Werdum flying knee, but he remains as potent as ever whenever an unsuspecting heavyweight decides to lock horns.

    Let's hope the timeless 41-year-old can stay away from Stipe Miocic's precise boxing and makes Saturday's bout an epic one, as usual.

Miocic's Divisional Claim

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    There's no denying Stipe Miocic's potential within one of the weakest divisions in the UFC today.

    As a potent striker capable of going toe-to-toe with the most elite heavyweights on the planet, the Ohioan bolsters one of the best athletic skill sets in recent division history.

    But after dropping a gut-wrenching defeat at the infamous hands of former champion Junior dos Santos back at UFC on Fox 13, Miocic must once again draw his line in the sand.

    A victory over Mark Hunt this weekend would serve as a step in the right direction, but an exclamatory finish could propel him back into immediate title contention.

    If Miocic does in fact leave this weekend with his seventh win in just nine Octagon appearances, a future showdown with Travis Browne (should he get past Andre Arlovski at UFC 187) would in turn create fresh buzz in a division desperate for refinement.

     

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