Two of the UFC’s biggest and most powerful heavyweight are set to make their return to the octagon in December.
Former heavyweight title contender Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will face the “Super Samoan” Mark Hunt in the main event of UFC Fight Night 33, Dec. 7. For fans who enjoy the highlight reel knockouts, this is a fight they will not want to miss.
Both Hunt and Silva are coming off of big-time losses at UFC 160. Bigfoot was defeated in the first round in his fight against current UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez while Hunt managed to survive two rounds with Junior dos Santos before being on the receiving end of a spinning heel kick that put him on the canvas from the former heavyweight champion, who finished him with a couple of shots before the fight was stopped.
I had my doubts that Hunt would be able to fight before the year was out, due to the broken toe he sustained in his fight with dos Santos, and the staph infection that followed.
Despite their losses both Silva and Hunt have had some notable performances in the UFC. The Super Samoan has accumulated knockout victories over Stefan Struve and Cheick Kongo while Silva has claimed wins over Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne.
Looking at the fight on paper, both men will likely want to keep the fight standing as they are known primarily for their striking. Two factors that could play a key role in this fight are Silva’s height and Hunt’s chin.
If Bigfoot can use his hands and take control of the fight, neutralize Hunt and do enough damage to the Samoan in the early rounds, then the referee may step in and stop the fight. On the other hand, Silva, who has been finished in three of his last five fights, seems to have a weaker chin and Hunt is the kind of guy who can nail that one-punch knockout. If the Super Samoan can the opening, he can easily deliver a shot that will send Bigfoot toppling down to the canvas.
Although the winner of this fight won’t be getting a title shot anytime soon, they will have made a statement that they belong in the octagon with the UFC’s top heavyweights.
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