The main event of the evening is a clash between two of the biggest Heavyweights in the UFC, Mark Hunt and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva. Both men are looking to rebound from KO losses in their last bouts.
Mark Hunt (9-8) was never supposed to be in the UFC in the first place. Dana White and the UFC offered to pay out his contract so that he would never fight. He refused, and now three years later he is one of the UFC’s biggest stars and fan favorites. Hunt went on an incredible four fight winning streak before he faced former champion, Junior Dos Santos. In the incredible back and forth battle, Hunt ate and delivered all the shots he could. Ultimately, he succumbed to an incredible spinning heel kick KO by JDS.
Antonio Silva (18-5) has fought almost every ‘big name’ Heavyweight the world has to offer. The man who once beat Fedor Emelianenko, is coming off a TKO loss to UFC champion, Cain Velasquez back at UFC 160. Before that fight, Silva had two incredible KO victories over Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne to earn his shot at the title. Tonight, he will look to climb the ladder once again by defeating Mark Hunt.
Round 1: Nothing going 30 seconds in. Sidekick to the leg from Silva. Front kick from Silva just misses. Another sidekick to the leg for Silva. Outside leg kick. Hunt misses his patented leaping left hook. Bigfoot with a nice combo. Front kick again from Silva. Head kick misses for Silva. 1-2 from Hunt as he presses forward. Hunt is hurt off a right hook as the two exchange, but Hunt gets back to his feet. The crowd goes wild as Hunt gets up. Both men are feinting alot. Hunt with a 1-2. Inside leg kick for Hunt. Front kick and straight right from Silva. Hunt attacks with some hooks, but Silva’s keeping his hands up high. Hunt stuffs the takedown, gets underhooks and pressures Silva up to the cage. Hunt is attacking to the body. Silva pushes off. Body kick by Silva. 10-9 Silva for more effective striking and rocking Hunt.
Round 2: Head kick misses for Silva. Push kick from Silva. Leaping left hook from Hunt and he follows it up with some hooks. Silva with a powerful leg kick, buckling Hunt. Front kick from Silva lands on the body. Left hook from Hunt as Silva rushes in. Hunt spins off the cage. Spinning hook kick misses for Silva. Body shot from Hunt. Silva misses a body shot of his own. Body kick lands for Silva. Silva with a counter right off a kick. Nice right hand wobbles Silva. Another straight right for Hunt lands. Inside leg kick for Hunt. Nice combo and exchange from both men. Body kick lands for Hunt. Silva lands another hard outside leg kick and front kick. Hunt blocks a Silva head kick. Hunt is attacking, but is hurt to his leg. Hunt is limping badly from that Silva leg kick. Mark Hunt switches stances to avoid more damage to the leg. 10-9 Silva for more effective striking again.
Round 3: Body kick from Silva. Hunt is still limping a little, but attacks with a left and right hook. Mark Hunt gets the takedown, but Silva gets up quickly. Another quick takedown for Hunt, but Silva holds the fence. Silva is warned for the fence grab, and the two are back in the middle. Front kick from Silva, and now he is going in for the takedown, but Hunt’s defense is great. Hunt denied a Silva inside trip. Silva partially lands a high kick and follows up with another leg kick. Big exchange from both men and they both eat shots. Hunt with a huge right hand, followed by a left. Hunt rocks Silva with a big straight right hand and drops Silva. Hunt is trying to pass guard and attack Silva and the crowd is going insane. Silva’s face is badly busted up and he is eating elbows. Hunt is in half guard and raining down punches. Silva looks gassed as Hunt is relentless with hammerfists and elbows. The onslaught continues until the round ends. 10-9 Hunt for almost finishing the fight. Amazing fight thus far.
Round 4: They come out swinging in round 4 and both land. Hunt pushes Silva up to the cage. Silva looks absolutely exhausted. Silva gets the thai clinch and lands a big right and leg kick. Silva is landing as he is moving in and he pushes Hunt to the fence. Hunt reverses and gets the takedown on the fence. This is incredible. Silva throws up an armbar, but he can’t get it. Silva gets up after eating some ground and pound. More leg kicks from Silva. Standing elbow from Hunt and they are going at it. Exchanges by both men and this is amazing. Huge knee from Silva and big shots are landing for him. Now Hunt lands a big right hook after he looked out on his feet. Silva counters a Hunt takedown and gets Hunt down. Bigfoot raining down ground and pound, but Hunt is surviving. This is absolutely incredible. Silva gets in full mount. Big shots from Bigfoot, and Hunt is close to be out. Hunt is split open and Hunt is trying to survive. 20 seconds left and Mark Hunt is surviving. What a warrior, what a fight, wow. This is absolutely incredible. I have no idea how Hunt survived there. 10-9 Antonio Silva for almost finishing the fight.
Round 5: They hug in the middle and go back at it. 1-2 from Hunt hurts Antonio Silva. Left hook for Hunt. Big right hand lands for Hunt. Jab from both men. Left and right from Hunt. Bigfoot’s takedown is stuffed. Bigfoot is split open and can hardly stand. Elbow lands for Hunt standing and Silva’s face is a mess. Left hooks for Hunt. Hunt is landing everything and stuffs a takedown. These men are warriors. Left hook again for Bigfoot. Hunt is pouring it on and Silva is standing in front of him trying to clinch. Silva is up against the fence and a big elbow lands for Hunt. Ref calls time to check the cuts of Antonio Silva. They restart and now Silva is attacking. Big jab from Hunt. Big 1-2 from Hunt. Both men are exhausted. Bigfoot attacks, but is just drained. Bigfoot has Hunt on the fence and is attacking landing at will. But Hunt with huge left hooks and I have no idea how they are standing. All these punches have no power, but it is still unbelievable nonetheless. What heart by both men. Big knee for Silva. Uppercut for Hunt. Dirty boxing from both men and Bigfoot lands a nice combo. Right hook lands for Hunt to end the fight. 10-9 Mark Hunt. I have it three rounds to two for Antonio Silva, but both men won that fight. That was one of the best, if not the best, Heavyweight fight of all time.
Official Decision: Mark Hunt vs Antonio Silva is a Majority Draw (48-47, 47-47, 47-47)
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