The South Australian city of Adelaide is reportedly to become the next Australian city to host the Ultimate Fighting Championship on May 10.
Combat Press first revealed news of the event with a date of May 16 before amending the report to May 10. Other sources were then also able to confirm the event, however UFC officials were staying tight lipped. Reports also indicate that Sydney based heavyweight Mark Hunt set to take on American Stipe Miocic in the main event.
Both Hunt and Miocic will be eager for the win as they come into the contest on the back of defeats.
After a devastating knock-out win over Roy Nelson back in September, Hunt stepped up on late notice to challenge Fabricio Werdum for the interim heavyweight title. After a strong outing, Hunt was caught by a knee that finished the contest midway through the second-round. A former K-1 Grand Prix champion, Hunt brings a 10-9-1 (UFC 5-3-1) record into the contest.
Miocic is a former Golden Gloves champion and is well versed both on the feet and on the ground. The 32 year-old is coming off a loss to Junior Dos Santos back in December. The fight was awarded “Fight of the Night” honours. Prior to that, Miocic had defeated the likes of Fabio Maldonado, Gabriel Gonzaga and Roy Nelson. He has a record of 12-2 (UFC 6-2).
The UFC’s last outing in Australia was back on November 8 where in the main event Luke Rockhold submitted British fighter Michael Bisping.