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The Brain vs. The Heart: UFC Fight Night 85

Welcome to The Brain vs. The Heart. Everyone has that internal battle with themselves about which fighter you think will win vs. which fighter you actually want to win. The Brain vs The Heart takes you on a journey inside the mind (and heart) of IAMMA to tackle the battle head-on. The Heart is still in the lead with a 25-14 record, while the Brain trails with a 23-16 record. Who will win? Let’s find out!

Seo Hee Ham (-125) vs. Bec Rawlings (+105)

The Brain: A women’s strawweight fight between Ham and Rawlings kicks off the main card. This fight will almost certainly play out entirely on the feet. Neither fighter has attempted a single takedown inside the Octagon yet. Both fighters use a high volume approach and they’ve both taken a decent amount of damage as well.  I don’t really see either fighter getting the finish here. I think it will be a close fight, but I’ll give Ham the slight edge. Ham by Decision

The Heart: I like how unique Rawlings is and I think she faces a decent chance of getting cut if she loses to Ham. I’d like her to stick around and I think she has a lot more appeal than Ham. Ham is tough, but she just doesn’t draw me in. I want to see Rawlings pick up a nice finish in this fight. Rawlings by Submission

Steve Bosse (+210) vs. James Te Huna (-245)

The Brain: Bosse had a rough UFC debut losing to Thiago Santos by head kick KO only 29 seconds into the first round. Te Huna returns from almost a two year layoff and is currently on a three fight losing skid all by stoppage. Bosse will no doubt be looking to swing for the fences and take Te Huna’s head off. He has the power to do so, but I think Te Huna will be able to avoid the wild punches from Bosse and land his own shots to end this one early. Te Huna by TKO

The Heart: I’m looking forward to watching Te Huna return to action. I feel pretty confident he’ll win this fight as long as he doesn’t get caught. Bosse has come a long way since his fights while he played hockey, but he’s still rather one dimensional. Either way, I would like to see him pick up at least one win inside the UFC. This could be his last opportunity to do so, so I’m rooting for him. However, that will also probably mean the end of Te Huna’s days in the UFC as well, so it’s not a perfect situation. Bosse by TKO

Antonio Carlos Junior (-500) vs. Daniel Kelly (+385)

The Brain: This fight features the most lopsided odds on the entire card. Kelly was a contestant on TUF Nations: Canada vs. Australia. He was defeated on the show by runner-up Sheldon Westcott. Carlos Junior won TUF Brazil 3 at heavyweight. He has since dropped down to light heavyweight and his two most recent fights have taken place at middleweight. Kelly uses a high volume approach, but his striking defense is lacking. Carlos Junior is very athletic and has proven he is dangerous on the ground as well. Although Carlos Junior has yet to score a TKO, he does pack a decent punch. I think he dominates this fight and picks up his first TKO win early in the second round. Carlos Junior by Submission

The Heart: Kelly has done fairly well in the UFC going 3-1, but I think he still needs to develop if he wants to have sustained success. Carlos Junior has continued to impress. He’s currently 2-1 (1 NC) in the UFC, but has looked fairly solid. His only loss is to Patrick Cummins at light heavyweight. Since that fight Carlos Junior has dropped to middleweight and really looks like he could be a force in the division. I’m definitely curious to see how far he can go. Carlos Junior by TKO

Johnny Case (-103) vs. Jake Matthews (-107)

The Brain: Two outstanding lightweight prospects square off in what should be an outstanding back and forth fight. Matthews recently rebounded from his first career loss with a TKO win over Arreola. At only 21 Matthews still has a lot of time to improve as well. Case is currently on a 12 fight win streak. He does a good job of using his range, but his takedown defense needs to improve as the competition gets harder. Both fighters like to throw a high volume of strikes. I think this will be an extremely close fight. I can definitely see this ending in a split decision. In the end I think Case will have the slightly better performance and pick up the win. Case by Decision

The Heart: Matthews has done a nice job in the UFC so far, but he draws the short straw because he’s matched up against fellow Iowan, Johnny Case. As I’ve said before, I like to support my home state guys and I definitely do here. Case is an exciting prospect and has done well inside the UFC cage so far going a perfect 4-0. I still think Matthews will have a nice career in the UFC, but I’m definitely rooting for Case. Case by Decision

Hector Lombard (+125) vs. Neil Magny (-145)

The Brain: This will be Lombard’s first fight back from his suspension. Magny has fought five times since the last time Lombard stepped inside the Octagon. Lombard is known for his serious power. He’s also hard to take down and keep there. Magny has won nine of his last ten fights and only seems to be improving. He favors a high volume approach. He also likes to work in takedowns, but I’m not sure how successful he will be against the strong Lombard. Either way, I expect Magny’s volume and pace to be the major factor here and I believe he’ll pick up the win. Magny by Decision

The Heart: Lombard failed the “eye test” for many people, but I chose to hold off judgment until he actually failed a drug test. I like his abilities, but since he’s actually failed a drug test, I just can’t root for him. In this case though, it wouldn’t have mattered either way. Lombard is facing Neil Magny. I like watching Magny fight and he stays very active. He’s done very well in the UFC and his only recent setback was a submission loss to Demian Maia. I’d like to see him continue to work his way up with a high profile win over Lombard. Magny by Decision

Mark Hunt (-168) vs. Frank Mir (+148)

The Brain: The main event is a heavyweight bout between two guys that have been around for a long time. Mir has really shown some decent boxing lately. Although he has a dangerous ground game, he’s chosen to keep the fight standing recently. That may not be the best idea against Mark Hunt. Hunt is known for his ridiculous punching power in both hands. Mir would be smart to get this fight to the ground. Hunt was taken down six times by Miocic so I think Mir can get him down if he really wants to. Both fighters are clearly on the decline and I think either could score a TKO here. In the end, I’m going with the proven punching power of Hunt to get the job done in this fight. Hunt by TKO

The Heart: This is probably the toughest pick of the entire card. I have a ton of respect for both of these veterans. They both are tough as nails and have given us many memorable moments throughout the years. I don’t see either fighter stringing enough wins together for a title shot, but they are still tough fights for anyone in the division. I’ve gone against Mir in his past few fights and he’s continued to surprise me. I’ll side with him here against Hunt. Mir by TKO

Any questions or comments? Hit me up on Twitter @IAMMAEverlast or comment below.

 

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