The Aftermath Report: UFC Fight Night 65

Miocic vs. Hunt

Some fights are awesome displays of one-sided violence (GSP vs. Koscheck), and some are just uncomfortable to watch (JDS vs. Velasquez II). UFC Fight Night 65’s main event was the latter. After a competitive first round, Hunt, who had trouble hitting the 265 lb. heavyweight limit, was already showing signs of fatigue. Hunt enjoyed an advantage on the feet for the first few minutes of the fight, but Miocic was able to ground the hometown hero. Ground and pound was the strategy of the night, and Miocic was effective with it.

By round three, Miocic looked like he was close to putting the fight away. He had Hunt against the cage and landed numerous unanswered shots, but the ref allowed the fight to continue. Perhaps the only thing that kept the fight going was the fact that Miocic was losing steam on his punches, but by then, Hunt was swollen and battered. By the fifth round, officials were wondering if his corner was going to throw in the towel. Instead, he endured more of the same and finally the ref put a stop to it just over the halfway mark.

It was a tough loss for Hunt and his second in a row. Though he’s only one fight removed from his challenge for the interim belt, the climb back up the ladder seems daunting. We probably won’t see him challenging for the belt again, but there are a number of fun matches at heavyweight. Ben Rothwell, Matt Mitrione, and Mirko Cro Cop could make for great opponents for Hunt.

Hunt posted this to facebook after his fight:

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The old warhorse got beaten up sorry was to tired big mistake to be tired wen u facing the top end congrats stipe well done mate thanks for everyone's support

Posted by MARK HUNT on Saturday, May 9, 2015

Miocic is back in the title picture, but who gets the next shot largely relies upon who wins between Werdum and Velasquez. If Werdum wins, Junior dos Santos seems the likely candidate to get the next shot, but that situation is tricky given his history with Velasquez. This is probably Miocic’s best chance at the belt. If Velasquez retains, then Travis Browne is probably the best choice.

The Chopping Block: Hioki and Ozkilic

Hatsu Hioki, now 3-5 in the UFC, lost his second consecutive fight, this time via a spectacular head kick KO from Australia’s Dan Hooker. Hioki fought some tough competition early in his UFC career, losing to Ricardo Lamas and Clay Guida in 2012-13. His only victory since February 2012 is a unanimous decision over Ivan Menjivar at The Ultimate Fighter China Finale.

Similarly, Alptekin Ozkilic lost his third consecutive fight. Newcomer Ben Nguyen made a big splash with his TKO over the Turkish-American with only one second left in the first round. Ozkilic is now 1-3 in the UFC. His lone win within the promotion is a split decision over Darren Uyenoyama.

Four Performance of the Night Awards

UFC Adelaide delivered big on exciting finishes. Only two of the twelve fights went to decision, and three were finished in the first minute of the first round. Robert Whittaker, James Vick, Dan Hooker, and Alex Chambers earned performance of the night honors.

Final Thoughts

Fight Pass cards are usually hit or miss. This one was a hit. Though it wasn’t stacked with the UFC’s A-list, fights moved at a frenetic pace and stayed interesting throughout. The card featured a number of developing fighters with the potential to make splashes in their divisions. If you missed it, it’s worth catching the replay.

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