Mark Hunt 'declined' Bigfoot Silva fight, wanted 'different opponent' at UFC Fight Night 33

Copyright: Martin McNeil

Mark Hunt prefers not to fight his friends and former training partners. Unless, of course, it stops him from getting paid.

Unfortunately for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Mark Hunt, he's coming off a knockout loss to Junior dos Santos, as well as an extended injury layoff (because of this), so he's not in a position to turn down fights when offered.

Still, there's no harm in trying.

The "Super Samoan" was less-than-enthused about throwing hands opposite Antonio Silva at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 33 event, which takes place on Dec. 6, 2013 in Queensland, Australia, because Hunt has a history of training with the big galoot at American Top Team (ATT).

MMA Fighting has more:

"I declined the fight. I wanted a different opponent. I didn't want to fight the fight because he's an ATT member. Not only that, the same thing happened with Cheick Kongo. We worked together before. Like I said before, though, I'm an employee of the company. It's just what we do for work. Business aside, we'll still be friends, say 'hi,' this and that. That's the way it is."

Despite the pairing, Hunt says he still feels "blessed" to have the opportunity.

Now he has to make the most of it. Like the former kickboxing champion, Silva is also trying to rebound from a tough day at the races, after he was pounded out by Cain Velasquez at the same UFC 160 pay-per-view (PPV) event that saw Hunt go ass over tin cups against "Cigano."

Which one of these hard-hitting heavyweights falls into an 0-2 hole "down under?"

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