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Saturday, Mar 19, 2016

UFC FN 85: Dominick Cruz Weighs-In on Mark Hunt – Frank Mir

Mark Hunt (photo via UFC)

By FCF Staff

Frank Mir and Mark Hunt are set to battle in the headliner of tonight’s UFC Fight Night 85 card, in what is a crucial fight for both.

The veteran heavyweights will likely need a win to stay in the top ten rankings, as Hunt is ranked #9 and Mir is #10. So, a loss would be a considerable setback in terms of making another title shot run.

Recently UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz was asked about the fight during “UFC Tonight“, and the commentator offered this take on the match-up (quote via FOX Sports press release):

“I love this matchup. I’m a big fan of both. These guys been around forever. Mark Hunt was with K1 and had over 40 fights matchup. Mir has been breaking people’s limbs forever. This is striker vs. grappler is the way I see this. Mark Hunt has that one-hit quitter. He’s got a good hook and that uppercut of his is great. I’m impressed with his grappling. He comes from kickboxing and now has the ability to stop takedowns and forced them to stand with him. Frank Mir is a great grappler. It’s one thing to practice jiu-jitsu, but it’s another thing to do it in the middle of an MMA fight. Mir switches it up with key locks, triangles, arm bars or he’ll foot-lock you. He looks most impressive when the fight moves to the ground. But he’s a crafty southpaw with a ton of power in his hands. He doesn’t want to be in the open with Mark. Frank has to put Mark in the clinch or against the cage, take away his power and not strike with him.”

The 41 year-old Hunt is coming off a first round, stoppage win over Antonio Silva in November. The 36 year-old Mir, meanwhile, was decisioned by Andrei Arlovski in his last outing, this past September.

UFC FN 85 will take place in Brisbane, Australia.

posted by FCF Staff @ 8:00 am
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