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ufc fight night 65

Typically, overseas UFC events tend to bring spectacular finishes with them.

Some credit the use of the “smaller” Octagon, while others look to the travel issues and demands put on fighters.

Either way, this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 65 event has the makings to follow suit, with some of the best finishers in the promotion taking to the cage.

Here’s a look at three of the more important and can’t-miss fights set for Australia and UFC Fight Pass:

Mark Hunt vs. Stipe Miocic

It’s hard to argue that the main event is not going to be the “people’s main event,” as heavyweights Mark Hunt and Stipe Miocic hit the Octagon.

Hunt is coming off a loss to Fabricio Werdum for the interim UFC title, but owns seven knockout wins among his 10 career victories. That includes finishes of Roy Nelson, Stefan Struve and Ben Rothwell.

Miocic, meanwhile, had won three in a row before falling to former champion Junior dos Santos this past December. The Ohio native has topped the likes of Nelson, Fabio Maldonado and Gabriel Gonzaga.

The odds of this one going a full 25 minutes are slim-to-none, but Miocic-JDS last year did reach five rounds.

ufc hall of fame

Starting with the upcoming Class of 2015, the UFC Hall of Fame will consist of four separate wings for honorees.

There will be a modern era wing for fighters who made their pro MMA debut during the modern era, a pioneers era wing for those who debuted during the pioneers era, a contributors wing for those outside of active competition and a fight win for the greatest and most important bouts.

The upcoming class will be honored during the UFC Fan Expo in July in Las Vegas. Currently, there are 12 members in the hall of fame.

“The UFC Hall of Fame has an important job – it not only celebrates greatness but it helps pass stories of the greatest athletes and fights in UFC history on to the next generation of fight fans,” UFC president Dana White said. “We’re looking forward to announcing the class of 2015 and what is going to be a great induction event on July 11.”

Plans are also in the early stages for a physical UFC Hall of Fame to be constructed.

ufc fight night 65

The Octagon touches down in Australia once again this Saturday night with UFC Fight Night 65.

After taking a week off, all of the action will air live on UFC Fight Pass from the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia.

In the main event, heavyweight contenders Mark Hunt and Stipe Miocic square off. Brad Tavares meets Robert Whittaker, Anthony Perosh battles Sean O’Connell and Jake Matthews meets James Vick.

Below is the current lineup, which begins at 7:45 p.m. ET. The main card kicks off at 11 p.m. ET:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass/11 p.m. ET)

Heavyweight: Mark Hunt vs. Stipe Miocic

Middleweight: Brad Tavares vs. Robert Whittaker

Light Heavyweight: Sean O’Connell vs. Anthony Perosh

Lightweight: Jake Matthews vs. James Vick

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7:45 p.m. ET)

Featherweight: Hatsu Hioki vs. Dan Hooker

Welterweight: Kyle Noke vs. Jonavin Webb

Middleweight: Sam Alvey vs. Daniel Kelly

Women’s Strawweight: Lisa Ellis vs. Bec Rawlings

Middleweight: Dylan Andrews vs. Brad Scott

Women’s Strawweight: Alex Chambers vs. Kailin Curran

Welterweight: Vik Grujic vs. Brendan O’Reilly

Flyweight: Alptekin Ozkilic vs. Ben Nguyen

colby covington

For Colby Covington, two straight fights inside the Octagon have resulted in a pair of submission finishes.

Covington (7-0) returns to action this month against Mike Pyle at UFC 187 in a he described to FightLine during a recent interview as “the biggest opportunity of my life.”

After winning his first five pro bouts, the American Top Team welterweight signed with the UFC in 2014. He promptly was shipped over to China, where he finished Wang Anying inside of the first round.

Covington’s second bout was vs. Wagner Silva in Silva’s home country of Brazil, as he once again locked up a submission via rear-naked choke.

Since November, though, the former Iowa Central Community College and Oregon State University wrestling standout has been bettering his craft in Florida.

“I keep busy between fights by just focusing on areas that I need to get better,” Covington said. “It is nice to have friends that are fighting in the UFC because that definitely keeps you motivated.”

Prior to landing with the UFC, Covington fought once in Oregon and four times in Florida. Four of those five were also submission finishes.

While training and waiting for his next fight, Covington decided to use social media to try and land a meeting with fellow rising 170-pounder Tim Means. That didn’t come together, as Means accepted a fight with Matt Brown.

“I was just trying to stir the pot in hope for a fight with Tim,” he said. “I know it’s a good style match up for me.”

On the subject of social media, Covington stated that it is a “huge” tool for fighters to use.

“The more fans you get, the quicker the UFC will push you for big fights and want to market you,” he added. “(But) it definitely can hurt fighters if they aren’t saying the right things and (are) causing controversy.”

Some of that “talk” on Twitter involved his ATT teammate Jorge Masvidal. Covington was in his corner during a fight with Al Iaquinta that resulted in a controversial decision loss for Masvidal.

“I thought the decision was a joke and I think everyone knows who really won that fight,” he said. “But you can’t leave it in the judges hands because everyone knows the crooked nature of the sport.”

Another teammate of Covington’s, Robbie Lawler, will be defending the very title he is chasing later this year vs. Rory MacDonald.

“I have to go with my teammate and friend Lawler taking the belt back (to ATT),” he said. “He knows what it takes to win and will find a way to beat MacDonald again.”

georges st-pierre

Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre admits that the fire to compete inside the Octagon is coming back.

But he isn’t about ready to declare himself back in the welterweight division.

St-Pierre appeared on a recent edition of “UFC Tonight” to discuss his plans, and the French-Canadian remained uncommitted to competing again for the promotion.

“It’s not interesting for me right now,” he said. “I’m not sure. I just really don’t know. That’s why I didn’t say if I’m retired yet. I just don’t know.”

The 33-year-old has returned to working out and training at Tristar Gym following knee surgery and filming movie roles, but that is just the start of a long process if he is to fight again.

St-Pierre’s last appearance inside the Octagon came in 2013 when he defended his title with a split decision victory over Johny Hendricks. He vacated the belt shortly after that fight, which was his ninth successful title defense.

“I want to sit back, relax and watch the show,” he said. “More and more, I have more fun in training and the fire is coming back. But it should be a rational decision as well.”

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