“UFC Fight Night 33: Hunt vs. Bigfoot” is just around the corner and takes place a week this Saturday (December 7th), as live from the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia.
However and please note if you didn’t know, as a result of the differences in time zones, UFN 33 airs in North America on Friday, December 6th, with the preliminary bouts beginning at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2, as followed by the main card, which then starts at 9 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. There will also be two preliminary fights available on Facebook, prior to the televised show. Those bouts will commence at 6 p.m. ET.
The card has now been finalized and is short one match (Brian Melancon vs. Robert Whittaker), which sadly, was the result of Brian Melancon retiring due to health issues. However and regardless of the loss, the card moves ahead and it looks to be a good one.
The event features a number of marquee names and certainly one bout of divisional significance; Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva.
Mark Hunt is currently unranked in the heavyweight division and coming off of a big KO loss to Junior Dos Santos, back in May of this year. Prior to that, "The Super Samoan" was on a four fight winning streak (3 by way of stoppage) and looking like a real contender. If he could stop “Bigfoot” Silva, he would vault onto the division ranks, leaping to the four spot; Silva’s current slot.
In a nutshell, this is a big fight for Hunt and one that could do wonders for his career. A win would put him right back in the title hunt and possibly one or two fights away from a shot. As Mark is still hungry and dreaming of the title belt, he should be motivated to take the win.
As to Bigfoot, a win doesn’t hurt his career either. Although it’ll do nothing for his ranking and won’t immediately put him back in a title hunt (no pun intended), it will prevent him hitting a two fight losing streak and it’ll keep him above the 500 mark in the UFC. A loss of course, will send him tumbling down the rankings list, perhaps never to ascend again.
Stepping back and looking at it, their bout and indeed the whole main should be a lot of fun.
As stated, the preliminaries start on FOX Sports 2, at 7 p.m. ET, with the main card beginning of FOX Sports 1 at 9 p.m. ET.
The card and its matches are as follows:
Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva
Mauricio Rua vs. James Te-Huna
Ryan Bader vs. Anthony Perosh
Pat Barry vs. Soa Palelei
Dylan Andrews vs. Clint Hester
Alex Caceres vs. Mitch Gagnon
Bethe Correia vs. Julie Kedzie
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Nam Phan
Caio Magalhaes vs. Nick Ring
Justin Scoggins vs. Richie Vaculik
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6 p.m. ET):
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Bruno Santos
Alex Garcia vs. Ben Wall