UFC Fight Night 33 in Brisbane, Australia, is set for December 7th (December 6th in the U.S.) and at the top of its card, an interesting heavyweight bout between number four ranked Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and unranked, Mark "The Super Samoan" Hunt.
The fight pits two friends and former teammates (American Top Team) against one another and is a fight that both had hoped to avoid, unless it was for a title or title shot, match.
However, as fighting is a business and Hunt has been assigned the bout, he’s more than willing to oblige the UFC in taking the match, and in doing so, sees it not only as a great opportunity, but also as a great honor.
As Hunt told MMAWeekly.com:
“It’s an opportunity. He’s a Top 4 fighter. I don’t even think I’m in the Top 10 at all. You both want to be the best fighter on the planet and it’s another step forward for me…It feels great to be headlining a UFC card and is a honor for me. It’s a combination of all my hard work over the years. It’s the fastest growing sport in the world and the biggest company in the world for mixed martial arts.”
In considering the match, one really does have to wonder about the logic of it, however. From the point of view of the fight being in Australia and it being Hunt’s adopted home, it’s easy to see why the UFC would want Hunt on the card and even headlining it. However, in terms of his opponent, it’s hard to understand the pairing.
Yes, both are coming off of losses and even on the same card (UFC 160 in May), but Bigfoot is a highly ranked fighter and Hunt is not. From that standpoint the fight makes no sense and one has to wonder why Silva didn’t simply turn the match down, particularly given that the two are friends and there’s nothing on the line, other than a win or a loss.
However and regardless of the logic, the fight is set and as fans, hopefully we'll get to see a good fight. Of course, the only caveat is that when friends fight, often the matches aren’t much more then heavy spars and with neither fighter looking to damage or embarrass the other. As such, the bouts often turn out to be decisions or at best, submission victories. In the instance of Silva and Hunt, we can only hope that this doesn’t prove to be the case.