HECTOR LOMBARD VS. NEIL MAGNY ADDED AS CO-MAIN EVENT
TICKETS FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: HUNT vs. MIR AT THE BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE ON SALE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Brisbane, Australia – A clash between UFC® heavyweight legends will headline the organization’s second visit to the Queensland capital, as No.9-ranked Mark Hunt will face two-time UFC heavyweight champion and current No.10-ranked Frank Mir at UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: HUNT vs. MIR on Sunday, March 20, 2016 (Saturday, March 19 in North America) at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, February 4 at 10 a.m. AEST.
Fighting out of Sydney, Australia by way of South Auckland, New Zealand, Hunt (11-10-1) is known for his spectacular walk-off knockouts. During his UFC run, the former K-1 champion has picked up stunning victories over Roy Nelson, Stefan Struve and Cheick Kongo. Hunt’s most recent outing saw him deliver another memorable knockout, stopping Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva in front of a record-setting crowd of passionate Australian fans at UFC 193 in Melbourne this past November.
No stranger to jaw-dropping finishes, Mir (18-10, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA) has proven equally adept at putting opponents away with both his striking and grappling skillsets. In the stand-up department, the seasoned veteran holds highlight-reel knockout wins against Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva, Mirko Cro Cop and Todd Duffee. On the mat, Mir has earned legendary submission victories over Minotauro Nogueira, Brock Lesnar and Tim Sylvia. He looks to get back on the winning track after dropping a razor-thin decision to Andrei Arlovski in September.
The co-main event will feature a pair of elite welterweights, as former judo Olympian Hector Lombard returns to Australia to face No.8-ranked Neil Magny. Fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida, USA by way of Sydney, Australia, Lombard (35-4-1, 1 NC) looks to continue his ascent up the welterweight ladder. A former champion outside the UFC, Lombard has picked up emphatic wins against Jake Shields, Nate Marquardt and Rousimar Palhares. He is also undefeated since dropping to welterweight in late 2013. Over the course of his career, Lombard has netted 26 stoppage victories (19 KO/TKOs and seven submissions).
A semi-finalist on The Ultimate Fighter®: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson, Magny (17-4, fighting out of Denver, Colorado, USA) is among the most active fighters on the UFC roster. Since February 2014, Magny has put together an impressive 9-1 run with victories over Erick Silva, Alex Garcia and Tim Means. In his last outing, Magny made the most of his first UFC main event by winning a thrilling split decision over Kelvin Gastelum this past November.
Other bouts that have been confirmed for the card include:
• James Te Huna (18-8, fighting out of Penrith, Australia by way of Darfield, New Zealand) returns from an almost two-year hiatus when he battles former hockey enforcer Steve Bosse (10-2, fighting out of St-Jean Sur Richelieu, Quebec, Canada).
• Brisbane’s own Brendan O’Reilly (5-1-1) looks to earn his second consecutive win inside the Octagon™ when he meets touted prospect Alan Jouban (12-4, fighting out of Los Angeles, California USA by way of Lafayette, Louisiana, USA).
• Four-time Australian judo Olympian Daniel Kelly (10-1, fighting out of Melbourne, Australia) aims to continue his momentum when he faces The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 winner Antonio Carlos Junior (6-1 1NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida, USA by way of João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil).
Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: HUNT vs. MIR go on sale Thursday, February 4 at 10 a.m. AEST and are priced at $350, $250, $150, $95 and $50 AUD (prices do not include credit card and handling fees). Tickets are available for purchase online at http://www.ticketek.com.au. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.
UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets on Tuesday, February 2 at 10 a.m. AEST via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers on Wednesday, February 3 starting at 10 a.m. AEST. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: HUNT vs. MIR will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 in the United States, Fox Sports 3 in Australia and SKY TV in New Zealand.
Since 2010, the UFC has hosted eight live events in Australia with each experiencing tremendous success. Collectively, the events have seen more than 145,000 fans in attendance and millions worldwide watching on pay-per-view and broadcast television. The five host cities to date – Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne and Sydney – have had a cumulative gross gate of more than $20 million and millions more in economic impact. This past November, UFC set a new live attendance record with UFC® 193: ROUSEY vs. HOLM, filling Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium with 56,214 passionate fans. The live gate was also the highest gross gate in Etihad Stadium history.
For more information or current fight news, visit ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.