UFC Fight Night 33 will feature a lot of exciting names on Friday night, but there will be no bigger fight than the one between Mark "Super Samoan" Hunt and Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva.
Two powerful heavyweights will be going head-to-head on Friday night, and with how we've seen Hunt and Silva fight, it's highly unlikely this fight goes the distance. While this fight isn't for a title or championship belt, it will still be a very entertaining matchup with plenty of big shots landed.
Below is a last-minute preview for the fight, providing viewing information, a tale of the tape and a breakdown of both fighters.
When: Friday, Dec. 6
Where: Brisbane, Australia
Time: Main Card Starts at 9 p.m. ET
TV: Fox Sports 1
Tale of the Tape
|Mark Hunt||Antonio Silva|
|9-8 (6 KOs)||Record||18-5 (13 KOs)|
With four straight wins entering May, it looked like Hunt had a chance to be a legitimate title contender as he was climbing up the ranks once again. However, at UFC 160, he quickly lost that chance after getting knocked out by Junior dos Santos thanks to a spinning heel kick in the third round.
Hunt has historically been a very streaky fighter, but he doesn't want another big losing streak, making this fight a very important one for him. He has a chance to prove that he can go head-to-head against top-tier talent at the heavyweight division, and considering he's one of the most powerful fighters out there, he has a good chance.
With a ridiculously strong left hook, Hunt can essentially take down anyone. His hook is so powerful that he broke Stefan Struve's jaw back in March. He also has a very strong chin, which could help quite a bit if this turns into a slugfest.
Despite having lots of power, Hunt seriously struggles on the ground, as he's lost by submission in all but two of his losses. That could be exploited in this fight, considering Silva has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but both fighters might want to stay upright and come out swinging.
Much like Hunt, Silva is coming off of a loss from back in May at UFC 160. Unlike Hunt, Silva was fighting for the UFC heavyweight championship, but he lost early in the first round against Cain Velasquez.
Bigfoot is an intimidating fighter that loves to go for big shots, and he lands them pretty frequently. At the same time, considering his black belt in jiu-jitsu, he has a very underrated ground game, grabbing three wins by submission in his career.
Three losses in his last five fights has to be frustrating for Silva. This is a good bounce-back opportunity for him, and a win here could make him a title contender once again.
Silva may have to use that ground game to get Hunt off of his feet and putting him in a situation he isn't comfortable with. However, considering the strengths of both fighters, Bigfoot may still want to try his luck standing up since that's how he typically fights, even if it's not the best strategy.
This won't be an easy fight in any way for Silva, but if he can find a way to take Hunt down, he could come away with a big win.