After having spent a combined time of 27 years competing in Mixed Martial Arts, you’d have thought that Mark Hunt and Frank Mir would have met long before this Sunday evening, when the two veterans are set to square off in Brisbane, Australia.
By Dom Bury @Domb18
In fact, it’s a shame that we have had to wait until both fighters are past their best and coming to the end of their respective careers before we get to see them face each other. However, both fighters are competing in arguably the weakest division in MMA and a win for either, even at their age, could result in an unexpected and yet (somehow) unsurprising title shot.
These two old dogs of the MMA world are coming in to this fight with mixed fortunes in their last three outings: Frank Mir having seen his mini-run of two wins halted unceremoniously by Andrei Arlovski in his last fight, while Mark Hunt gained some momentum back with a win over Antonio Silva, following back-to-back losses to Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic respectively. With neither fighter being anywhere near their prime, it’s not going to be a pretty fight, but with his takedown defence having improved exponentially in recent years and with a chin of granite, this fight is Mark Hunt’s to lose.
The co-main event (that’s not a thing, by the way) will be a welterweight bout between Neil Magny, and everyone’s favourite Cuban, Hector Lombard. Out of the two fighters, Magny has been the more active fighter in recent months, entering the cage five times in 2015 and only losing once. Lombard on the other hand is coming back after close to 14 months away from the cage and whilst we’re told ‘ring rust’ isn’t a thing, you’ve got to think that Magny’s activity last year will give him an edge, especially against a fighter like Lombard who’s not renowned for his cardio. That being said, Lombard can KO you in a flash and he’ll be headhunting early on, so if this fight is going to finish early it’ll be at the hands of Lombard. If it gets past the first round, then Magny is in with a shot.
The rest of the card is made up of fighters who have been put on the card to draw some support from the local crowd, but keep an eye out for Bec Rawlings who’s on the ‘Curtain Jerker’, and Jonny Case who takes on Jake Matthews on the main card. Both fighters are entertaining and will provide plenty of action before the last two fights of the evening.