UFC Picks: Take Mark Hunt In Brawlers Fight Against Frank Mir

Swinging Johnson

Thursday, March 10, 2016 5:58 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 10, 2016 5:58 PM UTC

UFC Fight Night will feature a heavyweight clash from Down Under between veterans Mark Hunt and Frank Mir. Let’s peruse the UFC odds and determine which will be included in our pick for March 19th.

Mark Hunt
Mark Hunt last entered the Octagon on November 15th, 2015 at UFC 193 installed by the UFC odds makers as a -255 favorite over Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. The Super Samoan was trying to get back on track after consecutive TKO losses to Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic. This fight was critical for Hunt who had earned a draw with Bigfoot in their match almost two years earlier in which Silva failed a post-fight drug test.

Needless to say, he did not disappoint when he stunned Silva with a big left hook followed by a glancing shot to the temple that spelled the beginning of the end for Bigfoot as Hunt swarmed to finish his veteran opponent on the mat. That performance paid off for all those who included the New Zealander in their UFC picks that night, and gave Hunt an opportunity to fight again under the big tent that is the UFC. This battle with Frank Mir should be a barn burner as seven of Hunt’s last eight fights have ended early.


Frank Mir
Virtually any other fighter under the UFC banner would be on the unemployment line if he or she lost four consecutive fights. The unspoken rule is three losses and you’re out but Frank Mir is a legend in the sport and White afforded him one more opportunity after he dropped his fourth in a row to Alistair Overeem in February of 2014. Mir waited a year before entering the cage against another decorated heavyweight in Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and he looked positively dominant with a first round knockout of the former heavyweight top contender. Mir was not only back on the UFC map but earned a Performance of the Night bonus to boot.

Mir returned to the Octagon five months later and replicated his efforts in a first round starching of Todd Duffee that earned him yet another Performance of the Night bonus and a showdown with former UFC heavyweight champ Andre Arlovski. This fight took place at UFC 191, only two months after his win over Duffee and the highly anticipated scrap failed miserably to meet expectations. Both fighters looked plodding and appeared to be shadows of their former selves. When the dust settled and the crowd awoke Arlovski was given the unanimous decision but neither covered themselves in glory after this lackluster affair.


Betting Analysis
I watched the Mir/Arlovski fight and wanted to scrub my mind clean of these two legends looking so pedestrian. It was more of a waltz than a fight and if Mir resembles that fighter again then he should call it a career and perhaps he will if he loses to Hunt on March 19th. Mark Hunt on the other hand has not seemed to have lost any of his ferocious punching power as evidenced by his Knockout of the Year performance in 2014 over Roy Nelson and his most recent display of fistic destruction against Antonio Silva back in November.

This is the twilight of both careers with Mir closing in on 37 and Hunt only a few days removed from 42-years-old. If this fight hits the mat Mir has a sizeable advantage with nine career submissions to his credit versus none for Hunt. However, that fact should not be overblown because Mir has not submitted anyone since 2011. This looks like it will be brawler against brawler with the winner emerging via whoever delivers the cleanest blow. I don’t see this one going to the judges’ scorecards and Mir performed so shabbily against Arlovski (as did Arlovski by the way) that I believe he has outlived his stay in the UFC if not MMA entirely.

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Free UFC Pick: Mark Hunt -173
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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