UFC Fight 33 showcased a great card last night for in Australian. There were some great performances put on, particularly in the main event. Let’ now take a look and see who the winners and losers are.
Mark Hunt/Antonio Silva: Both Hunt and Silva are the biggest winners of the night. They headlined this card and surely put on one of the best heavyweight fights in UFC history. There were a ton of momentum shifts in this bout. Hunt got in some great shots standing, and even took Silva down on several occasions. Silva also hurt Hunt with some heavy shots. It was a true war for five straight rounds, and both fighters certainly raised their stock because of it.
Shogun Rua: Rua hadn’t looked good prior to fighting James Te Huna. He ended up getting submitted by Chael Sonnen before this fight, leaving many to wonder if he would ever be the same fighter that once dominated competition under the Pride banner. Rua delivered an amazing KO over Te Huna which couldn’t have come at a better time. The win revitalized his career, and it seems like Rua has found his fire back.
Soa Palelei: Coming into his bout with Pat Barry, Palelei needed to show he was a viable heavyweight contender as his last UFC outing wasn’t too thrilling. He dominated Barry quickly on the ground, getting the KO stoppage with ground-and-pound strikes. The win was as dominant as they come, and it proved the Palelei is a threat to anyone in the heavyweight division.
Pat Barry: Barry was looking to prove he still had what it took to compete with the elite, but he failed in devastating fashion. He’s now gotten stopped in two straight bouts, and he may need to hang up the gloves because it’s not fun seeing him take so much damage in his fights. It wouldn’t be much of a surprise if the UFC decides to terminate his contract with the company.
James Te Huna: Te Huna took a step up in competition going up against Rua, and he made a fatal mistake by trying to leap in and land an uppercut. His face was unprotected, and Rua made him pay for it dearly by knocking him out. He’s going to have to shore up some techniques in his striking game, especially if he wants to remain competitive with the elite in this division.
Ryan Bader: Bader looked absolutely dominant against Anthony Perosh. From the very beginning, it was clear that Bader was the better fighter. He dominated both the standing and ground portions of the fight. Great heart and toughness was shown by Perosh, and Bader put his name back in the win column.