UFC Fight Night 142 will be held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia on Sunday 2nd December (AEST) and has three Australians on the main card!
The Main event will feature Tai Tuivasa taking on former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos, while Tyson Pedro and MMA stalwart Mark Hunt will also be in action.
This is sure to be a cracker of a UFC Fight Night and our complete tips can be found below.
UFC Fight Night 142 Australian Time
Sunday 2nd December 1:00pm AEST
JUNIOR DOS SANTOS VS TAI TUIVASA
There is no more exciting talent in the Heavyweight Division than Tai Tuivasa and he gets his chance to prove he is a genuine Top 10 contender in this headline fight in front of his home fans.
Tuivasa is undefeated in his professional career including his first three fights in the UFC.
Two first round KO wins was backed up by a gutsy performance against Andrei Arlovski at UFC 225.
In that fight he proved that he is not just a one trick pony and all three judges agreed that he won the fight.
Junior Dos Santos started his UFC career way back in 2008 (when he had hair), winning his first nine fights. This included winning the title against Cain Velasquez and defending it once against Frank Mir.
His most recent form has seen him lose a title fight against then Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic via a first round KO before winning a unanimous decision over UFC debutant Blagoy Ivanov in his last fight.
He has had success against an Aussie fighter before when he KO’d Mark Hunt with a vicious spinning heel kick at UFC 160 in 2013. Again, when he still had some hair.
The bald version of Junior Dos Santos may not be as agile and fast as he used to be but he is an experienced striker and will be a handful for the rising Tuivasa.
This is an excellent opportunity for the Aussie, and he is right in this fight especially with that brutal elbow of his, however I am leaning toward the more experienced fighter.
TIP: Back Junior Dos Santos @ $1.65
MAURICIO RUA VS TYSON PEDRO
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION
Another rising Aussie in Tyson Pedro will take to the Octagon in the Co Main Event against another UFC stalwart in Mauricio Rua.
Pedro was still in Primary school when Rua made his professional debut back in 2002 and this is a fantastic opportunity for the young fighter to prove himself against one of the most experienced fighters in the division.
Ahead of UFC Fight Night Whittaker vs Brunson in Melbourne, Pedro called UFC President Dana White and personally asked to be put on the card should anyone pull out. Luke Rockhold withdrew from the event and Pedro took full advantage by winning his debut fight via a first round submission.
Pedro is clearly focused on forging a successful career inside the Octagon however it has been a mixed start to his UFC career.
Impressive first round wins over Khalil Roundtree, Paul Craig and Saparbeg Safarov have showed Pedro’s potential but losses against Latifi and Ovince Saint Preux prove how much depth is in this Light Heavyweight Division.
Rua won the UFC Light Heavyweight Title with a first round KO of legend Lyoto Machida at UFC113 back in 2010 before losing it to a young kid called Jon Jones at his first defence.
Since he won the title, his record sits at 6 wins and 7 losses including a most recent loss via a first round KO against Anthony Smith.
Tyson Pedro is an exciting fighter that will need to be winning these sorts of fights to climb up the rankings in this division and i’m confident he can get the job done in front of his home crowd.
TIP: Back Tyson Pedro To Win @ $1.25
MARK HUNT VS JUSTIN WILLIS
Mark Hunt’s stand and deliver style of fighting has made him one the most popular fighters in the UFC not just in this country but throughout the world.
Vision of him knocking out his opponent and walking off without waiting for the referee to stop the fight has made him a cult hero amongst fans.
He is not getting any younger, and he has lost three of his last four fights but he has every chance of bucking that trend in his home country on Sunday.
He faces Justin Willis who is undefeated in his three fights in the UFC.
Two of his fights have needed the judges decision and he also has a first round KO of Allen Crowder on his resume.
The Super Somaon has never looked like an athlete however he has an innate ability to land his punches and his knock out power is very real.
I am backing Hunt to win via a vicious right hook and a signature walk off in front of his home crowd.
TIP: Back Mark Hunt To Win By KO