Mark Hunt vs. Frank Mir UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 3/19/16
Frank Mir vs. Mark Hunt
UFC: Saturday, March 19, 2016 (Brisbane Entertainment Centre)
The Line: Frank Mir +145 / Mark Hunt -165 Over/Under: 1.5 See the Latest Odds
Mark Hunt and Frank Mir square off late Saturday night at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
Mark Hunt enters this fight with a 11-10-1 record and has won 73 percent of his fights by knockout. Hunt has split his last four fights and is coming off a November loss to Antônio Silva. Hunt is averaging 3.24 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 44.1 percent. Hunt is averaging 0.7 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 55.5 percent. Hunt is hit or miss at this point of his career as he approaches 42 years old. Even with his rising age, Hunt still has knockout power and is an aggressive striker who can turn a fight in no time. The downside with Hunt is that he doesn’t have much of a ground game and six of his 10 losses have come by submission. This will be Hunt’s fifth MMA fight in Australia.
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Frank Mir enters this fight with a 18-10 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by submission. Mir has lost five of his last seven fights and is coming off a September loss to Andrei Arlovski. Mir is averaging 2.21 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 47.5 percent. Mir is averaging 2.06 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 42.8 percent. Mir is another fighter getting up there in age, as he’ll turn 37 in May, and he’s clearly in bad form entering this fight. While Mir is an experienced grappler, he’s settling for trading strikes, as four of his last seven fights have ended in knockout for better or worse. This will be Mir’s first fight in Australia.
There’s just too many reasons to back Hunt in this fight, as he’s the better striker, is in better form overall and is fighting out of Australia, so he’ll certainly be the crowd favorite. We’ve seen Mir get knocked out too many times lately, which isn’t good when your opponent still has above-average power.
Look for Hunt to win his second straight fight for the first time in three years.