In a truly epic heavyweight main event at UFC Fight Night 33 in Brisbane, Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva gave everything they had in a bloody affair that saw the fight end in a majority draw; it was a gruelling five-rounds of back-and-forth action. Silva opened the fight with some good work in the kicking department and also landed a right hand, as Hunt was tentative in the opening round. “Bigfoot” clearly hurt Hunt with a low leg-kick in Round 2 that forced “The Super Samoan” to change stances, and he visibly limped back to his corner as the round concluded.
The tone of the fight would change in Round 3, as Hunt would land a huge right that would drop and bloody Silva. The fourth round was one for the ages, as Hunt would land some devastating punches and standing elbows that seemed to have Silva on the brink of being finished. However, the Brazilian would respond with a combination of punches and knees from the clinch. Hunt was left bloodied from some serious ground and pound from his opponent. The fifth round brought more of the same, as both competitors had their moments and both were left bloodied and battered. The crowd rose to their feet in honor of the tremendous battle they had witnessed. One judge scored the fight 48-47 for Hunt, while the other two scorecards were in agreement at 47-47.
Hunt surprised during the fight by actually going for some takedowns of his much larger opponent. It was felt heading in that Hunt would be in big trouble if the fight went to the ground. As usual, Hunt showed a remarkable chin. Silva’s ability to absorb punishment had come into question after his first round stoppage loss to heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 160. It was the second time he’d been blitzed in the opening round by the champ.
However, the Silva we saw in Brisbane, was the fighter who took plenty of punishment from the hard-hitting Alistair Overeem before scoring a come-from-behind third round KO at UFC 156. Silva took brutal shots from Hunt, who is undoubtedly one of the biggest punchers in the division, and while rocked and wobbled at times, was able to respond with plenty of his own firepower.
It was truly a fight where neither man was a loser. It only seemed appropriate for the scorecards to reflect that with the majority draw verdict. The stock of both fighters definitely rose with the heart and tremendous will they showed during the 25-minute affair. It would only seem natural that after both competitors have had a well-earned rest, that the UFC target a rematch. If they do it again, it’ll be awfully tough to top their effort in Australia.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports.