UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt (UFC Fight Night 65) was live from the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia on May 10, 2015.
The main event was a crucial 5-round heavyweight match-up between the #4 ranked Stipe Miocic and the #5 ranked Mark Hunt.
Just like at every event, UFC Fight Night 65 saw a bunch of fighters take an important step forward in their MMA career, whereas others were not as successful and may have been knocked back a step. With that being said, check out our biggest winners and losers from UFC Fight Night 65 below.
At UFC Fight Night 65, Stipe Miocic looked to get back in the win column after a loss to former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos. Miocic was looking to get back to his winning ways against Mark Hunt who was coming off of a loss in a bout against Fabricio Werdum that was for the Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship. Miocic’s stock rose hugely in his losing effort to dos Santos, but at UFC Fight Night 65, it grew even more. Miocic put on an absolutely dominant performance. The 32-year-old put on a virtually flawless performance in a fight that went on far too long. Miocic was pummeling Hunt from the beginning of the fight and it could have been stopped many times. Ultimately, the ref stepped in at 2:47 of Round 5 giving Miocic the TKO victory. Miocic proved once again why he is amongst the best heavyweights in the world and may have earned himself a title shot in the process.
At UFC Fight Night 65, Robert Whittaker made his second appearance in the middleweight division as he took on the #14 ranked Brad Tavares. Whittaker looked better than ever as he dismantled Tavares in 44-seconds on his way to a knockout victory. The move up to middleweight has clearly benefitted Whittaker greatly and this performance will likely move him into the top 15 of the middleweight division.
At UFC Fight Night 65, Mark Hunt was set to take on Stipe Miocic in a heavyweight match-up that could affect the top of the division greatly. It was a very poor performance from Hunt. Hunt had little to offer and took a beating for over four rounds from Miocic. It was one of those fights where the fighter is too tough for his own good as the fight should have been stopped much earlier than it was in order to save Hunt from the unnecessary damage that he took. Hunt is a fan favorite and will likely have better performances in the future than he did at UFC Fight Night 65, but this was the worst beating he has taken in his MMA career and not a good night for the ‘Super Samoan’.
At UFC Fight Night 65, Lisa Ellis was looking to pick up her first career UFC victory against Bec Rawlings. Ellis was unsuccessful in doing so and lost the fight via rear-naked choke at 4:09 of Round 1. Ellis had some success early and went for an armbar, but lost position and that would prove to be a vital mistake. The fight was an uncompetitive one from there on out. Ellis was a contestant on ‘TUF 20’ and was eliminated by Jessica Penne. Ellis then went on to lose her UFC debut to Felice Herrig and lost again at UFC Fight Night 65. All three fights were fairly one sided and this could be the end of Ellis’ UFC career.