UFC Fight Night 33 Results: Mark Hunt, Antonio Silva Fight to Majority Draw in Memorable Clash

December 7, 2013
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Mark Hunt vs Bigfoot SilvaWow. Just wow.

Mark Hunt and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva put on a Fight of the Year performance, fighting to a majority draw in the main event at UFC Fight Night 33 on Saturday night.

Hunt and Silva went back and forth, trading significant strikes for five rounds, giving the fans at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre a memorable show. In the end, one judge scored it 48-47 for Hunt, and the other two had it 47-47 each.

Both fighters calmly measured each other until halfway through the first round, when the two engaged in an exchange that saw Silva land the first significant blow. Hunt went down, but soon recovered and the fight returned to the feet. The two exchanged strikes again, this time in a clinch against the cage and the round ended soon after.

Hunt leaped forward with looping punches shortly after the second round began. Each time Hunt closed the distance, Silva would attempt to clinch and work towards a takedown. Hunt, however, sprawled and broke free from a number of clinches. Silva hurt his opponent with several leg kicks throughout the round, leaving Hunt limping and switching to a southpaw stance towards the end of the frame.

Hunt scored a takedown early in the third round in an attempt to work on the ground, but Silva returned to the feet, grabbing the fence in the process and without the referee noticing. After exchanges in the clinch, Hunt landed a heavy right hand, dropping Silva to the ground. Hunt pursued and landed short strikes from half guard until the end of the time allowed.

Mark Hunt vs Bigfoot Silva UFCFN33-IMG_0534Hunt stayed aggressive, throwing heavy hands as the fourth round began. Silva came back with his own flurry of punches, but Hunt persevered and soon shot in to take Silva down. The fight returned to the feet and Hunt landed thunderous punches that wobbled his opponent, but Silva recovered and landed equally heavy punches that sent the Samoan reeling. Hunt attempted a trip takedown, but Silva recovered to mount and finished out the round landing strikes in top position.

In the final round, Hunt and Silva appeared exhausted, but continued to trade with what seemed like every ounce of energy each man had left. Hunt scored with left hooks, overhand rights and elbows, cutting Silva’s face open. Silva also scored with punches, backing Hunt against the cage at one point. Time expired with the two clinging onto each other, clinching, but this time congratulating each other for having fought through one of the most entertaining heavyweight fights in recent memory.

Hunt thanked his team and others during his post-fight interview, bringing his young son in to answer questions for him thereafter. Young Hunt, however, wasn’t interested in talking.

As for Silva, he revealed that he hurt his back a few weeks ago, but gave credit to Hunt for the fight.

“Mark is a tough guy,” Silva said. “I [did] my best today.”

Following the evening’s majority draw, Hunt’s overall MMA record goes to 9-8-1, while Silva’s moves to 18-5-1.

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  • David Huenecke

    I loved this fight! Very back and forth. Both fighters doing things you didnt expect. I get the draw but in all honestly if one judge gave the fight to mark and the others were a draw didnt mark technically win that fight? Kinda like these two judges couldnt decide but one judge did. Not complaining at all just still trying to figure out mma judging cause it really makes almost no sense.

    • Jay Mcgarrity

      That’s how it is in boxing as well, the two agreeing judges always out weigh the third judge, no matter how they score it. I would like to see the scorecard to that fight, I personally scored it for Hunt but wouldn’t have been surprised if Bigfoot got the nod.

      • David Huenecke

        I agree. It was very,very,very close. At least nobody got overwhelmingly screwed. A draw is a draw.

        • Jay Mcgarrity

          Yea, I’m kind of glad it was a draw as the fight was really close and both guys came close to stopping the fight. Just unclear on how it was scored, 2 rounds 10-9 2 rounds 9-10 and a 9-9? maybe

          • David Huenecke

            Thats what i was saying about mma judging. Boxing is all strikes so it makes sense. You cant use the same scale when you judge mma. It has striking,grappling,bjj. The fighter on bottom doesnt always mean he/she is losing if they are throwing up submission attempts or striking. As many have said mma judging needs to be re-evaluated to say the least.

          • Jay Mcgarrity

            Ok so rounds 1, 2, and 4 for silva 10-9 and hunt had round 3 10-9 and round 5 10-8. That makes sense but the judges have been so stingy with giving 10-8 rounds lately that I didn’t think the was the case.

          • David Huenecke

            Round 5 10-8 hunt? That was the round where i thought he might lose the fight; just eating punches on the cage to counter with one punch. No way that was 10-8

          • Jay Mcgarrity

            nah round 5 was mostly Hunt but Silva did land some of his own shots so I thought it was 10-9 but Hunt definitely won the majority of the round and landed a lot more.

          • Adam Vogt North Yarmouth

            R3 must have been the 10-8 for Hunt. No way R5 was. Plus US judges are much less likely to give 10-8s than European or Aussie judges, which is why we are not accustomed to seeing them. What I don’t understand is how one judge had it 48-47 Hunt. I thought Silva took 1, 2, 4 solidly, but I’ll have to watch it again more objectively.

          • Jay Mcgarrity

            Well I scored it 48-47 Hunt but I was so into the fight that I would never stand behind that until re-watching the fight. I was sitting at the edge of my seat while trying not to blink thinking the finish could happen at any moment so I wasn’t really keeping track of each individual shot. I saw the scorecards and round 5 was the 10-8 round on both judge’s scorecard but I personally thought Silva did enough towards the end of the round to make sure it was a 10-9 and not a 10-8.

          • Mike mckinney

            I get what you were saying about how the draw.
            It’s not that it needs to be different in mma. Your looking at a draw as refs not being able to decide. However, the commissions don’t view it that way. The refs “did” decide. The decided that silva won 3 rounds 10-9, and two judges decided hunt won 2 rounds, one of which was 10-8.

            I’m not knocking your viewpoint and I hope it doesn’t come off that way. The 2 judges didn’t say they didn’t know who won. Those 2 judges said nobody won. You just can’t disregard the majority.

          • Adam Vogt North Yarmouth

            No such thing as a 9-9…one had to be a 10-8.

          • Jay Mcgarrity

            There are 9-9 rounds if there is a point lost but I was almost positive that nobody lost a point, was just confused as to how it was a 47-47. I didn’t think any of the rounds for Hunt were dominate enough for a 10-8 but I guess the judges thought the 5th was. I almost thought that maybe they both got 10-8 rounds with a 10-10 round but 10-10 rounds are super rare and almost never happen. If they were going to give Hunt a 10-8 for round 5 then Silva should’ve maybe gotten a 10-8 for when he had the mount and nearly finished the fight. Like so many people are saying, this is one of those fights where I was almost happy that it was a draw. Neither guy deserved to lose after that fight.

          • Mike mckinney

            I’ve never heard of a 10-10, in a fight that’s using a 10 point must. There are other systems sometimes used in boxing that allow 10-10’s.
            In what situation is a 10-10 correct in a 10 point must?

          • Jay Mcgarrity

            Under UFC rules/regulations #14, B. The 10-Point Must System will be the standard system of scoring a bout.
            Under the 10-Point Must Scoring System, 10 points must be awarded to the winner of the round and 9 points or less must be awarded to the loser, except for a rare even round, which is scored (10-10).

            I only just recently looked that up because of a fight where a judge scored 30-28 and was wondering how that happened.

    • Christina

      The scorecards are findable. Google UFC Fight Night 33 score cards

      • David Huenecke

        Go you. I had made my statements before the scorecards were public. Plus only one judge scored it that way. So, technically i was right in thinking that it wasnt a 10-8 round for hunt.

  • Mr Pete

    No way, Mark Hunt clearly landed more strikes (clean, not the punch you in the arm significant strike BS) Clean straight right to the face Knock down, brutal elbows GNP. Left hook after left hooks. Bigfoot main damage came from when Hunt went for the trip and ended up on the wrong side, took 2 mean elbows to the forehead the cut him up and brutal leg strikes to the calf. Bigfoot was out on his feet no doubt and should of went nap time if not for the ref interfering.

  • jake snod

    Two big extremely slow lugs one a short fat 5’10” circle and the other a four foot face dimwit fought well as two average slow heavies should fight. Dos Santos takes them both out in one nite.

    • Franco

      So you are the only person saying this was not a good fight??? How can you criticize two people leaving it all in the cage…that is a moronic comment.

  • jake snod

    Silva’s face is the size of Uriah Faber.

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    Everyone has an issue with the judging but no matter what people wont agree with the final decision. Edgar and Maynard, Bigfoot and Hunt and GSP and Hendricks. The only thing to do to improve things is to set higher standards for the judges. Everyone should have a some credentials in grappling or striking just like Herb Dean has experience that’s one of of the reasons he’s such a great ref.

    • TNT

      I actually don’t think many people have an issue with this decision. The only questionable judgement was the one in wich Hunt won. When the fight was over, before the decision was announced me and my buddy watching both agreed it was a draw. It has to be bitter sweet for the fighters considering after all that work their wasn’t a winner, but at the same time no one deserved to lose.

  • Christina

    Legendary. I think this is one of the rare fights where nothing is served by a rematch and these guys would be happy leaving it at that.

  • Dhruk

    King Kong vs Godzilla

  • JonnyBe

    Yeah, good fight but in my opinion it wasn’t that good. I mean yes it was close, yes the momentum change few times and both fighter land great shot but it wasn’t a very technical fight and it was slow as hell.

  • Bigfoot Gifts & Toys

    This fight is a classic.