MMA Odds and Ends for Wednesday: UFC Adelaide Card Revealed

Miocic-Hunt The UFC on Tuesday revealed the card for UFC Fight Night 65, which takes place May 10 at Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia, and for today’s Odds and Ends I’ll list all the fights and give my quick thoughts on all of them. Stipe Miocic vs. Mark Hunt I gave my thoughts on the main event yesterday. Click here to see what I think of this fight. Robert Whittaker vs. Brad Tavares A middleweight bout between Robert Whittaker and Brad Tavares will serve as the co-main event. Whittaker looked tremendous in his UFC middleweight debut, knocking out Clint Hester in a Fight of the Night performance. As for Tavares, he recently got back in the win column with a win over Nate Marqaurdt, but is just two fights removed from a shocking KO loss to Tim Boetsch. And that’s something I can’t ignore. I think if Whittaker can keep this standing he’s going to be at a massive advantage, and I’m going to outright pick him right now to get the W. Anthony Perosh vs. Sean O’Connell A light heavyweight bout between Anthony Perosh and Sean O’Connell won’t go the distance. Both men are finishers and I expect this to be an exciting one for the fans. Although Perosh has looked great as of late, it’s hard to ignore the fact he’s over 40 and his chin isn’t good. O’Connell isn’t a great fighter, but I think he can find Perosh’s chin here and I like him to win this fight. Jake Matthews vs. James Vick A lightweight bout between Jake Matthews and James Vick is one of the better fights on the card. These are two great prospects at 155lbs and the winner will likely earn a significant step up in competition. I think I have to lean Matthews based on his wrestling, but if Vick can keep this standing he’ll have the edge for sure. Close fight, and one I’m really looking forward to. Bec Rawlings vs. Seo Hee Ham A women’s strawweight matchup between Bec Rawlings and Seo Hee Ham should prove to be a war. Both of these women prefer to stand and bang on the feet and I have a feeling this is going to be a bloodbath. I have to lean towards the more technical Ham in the matchup, but if it’s a close fight and it hits the judges’ scorecards, Rawlings could steal it in Australia. Dylan Andrews vs. Brad Scott A middleweight matchup between Dylan Andrews and Brad Scott will likely be the last chance for both men to prove they are UFC-caliber fighters. Both have been extremely inconsistent in the UFC and I’m not expecting much from this fight. It could go either way but it’s hard not to lean Scott here based on Andrews’ in-fight injury history. Alex Chambers vs. Kailin Curran A women’s strawweight bout between Alex Chambers and Kailin Curran is also set for this event, and it’s likely a loser-leaves-town match. Both women looked terrible in their respective UFC debuts and I’m not expecting much from either in this fight. I lean slightly towards the younger Curran to get her hand raised, but this fight is not good. Vik Grujic vs. Brendan O’Reilly And finally, a welterweight bout between TUF Nations teammates Vik Grujic and Brendan O’Reilly opens the card. Neither of these guys has been particularly impressive in the UFC, but at least Grujic has a KO win over Chris Indich. This is a throwaway fight but I definitely lean towards Grujic as I think O’Reilly is one of the worst fighters on the roster.

Written by Adam Martin.

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