If you'd taken a trip to your local sportsbook (or online equivalent) last Friday prior to the start of UFC Fight Night 33, you would've seen one extremely interesting prop bet. The idea of Hunt and Silva going to a draw seemed a ludicrous one, and the bookmakers odds on that prop reflected the absurdity: for $1, you would've earned $15,000.
Yes, Hunt and Silva going to a draw was 15,000 to 1.
If anyone threw down a few bucks on that long-shot just for the fun of it, they were richly rewarded when Hunt and Silva did, in fact, fight to a draw. And not just any draw, but one of the greatest heavyweight fights in the history of mixed martial arts and one of the UFC's best offerings in 2013.
My colleague Jonathan Snowden called it the fight of the year. I can't go quite that far. It was an awesome, thrilling fight, and you'll never hear me taking anything away from what those two men did in the cage on Friday night.
But it wasn't the fight of the year. On my list, it ranks behind Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez, Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson and even Dennis Bermudez vs. Matt Grice. All were great fights, but all seem to be overlooked because Hunt vs. Silva is the newest thing. It is the most fresh in our collective memories, and so it is afforded more attention even as we brush the previous contenders to the wayside.
If Hunt and Silva are pushed into a rematch, there's no way they'll be able to live up to the build-up that will surely accompany any such fight announcement. I'd much rather see the men go their separate ways. They don't need to "settle" anything. They already proved they're among the toughest fighters in UFC history, and no rematch can take that away from them.