Here is our "Aussie" edition of Buzzfeed! UFC Fight Night 33: "Hunt vs. Bigfoot."
Let's get right to it:
Who: Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva
What: UFC Fight Night 33
When: Friday, December 6, 2013
Where: Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia
Why It Matters: Both trying to rebound off knockout losses, "The Super Samoan" Mark Hunt and Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva will more or less take part in a fun heavyweight fight. It is meaningful, yet most of all, it is perceived as fun. They certainly cannot afford to lose another bout if they feel like their title aspirations still hang in the balance, and a win should earn each of them another contender in the heavyweight division.
What's Hot: Although none of us on the face of the earth can guarantee the main event will not go to a decision, you would be foolish to believe it would.
If we wanted to bet the house, Hunt or "Bigfoot" run the risk of looking like a deer in the headlights once it is all said and done.
That is, of course, if it actually goes to a decision, we just may have watched the worst heavyweight fight this side of Cheick Kongo vs. Shawn Jordan (among other heavyweight fights we care not to share at this present time). There will be six total fights on the main card, including notables such as Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Ryan Bader, and the loveable Pat Barry. Hopefully, UFC's pacing is not half as bad as it was last week.
What's Not: The time zone difference is something North American fans better get used to, because it is a sign of things to come (also, for the European fans -- who have been living like this for years -- sorry for not acknowledging your pain).
As the UFC's global expansion goes into top gear for 2014, there will be many cards not designed for us because of the fact that they need to keep it live. The promotion is catering to us by broadcasting it live from Australia, which means we can tune in on Friday night, even though the Aussies are getting it on Saturday. Get used to late nights and incredibly early mornings if you are a dedicated MMA fan (re: UFC Fight Night 34 in Singapore).
Original Card vs. Actual Card: This event did not take too much of a beating in the injury department, as Brian Melancon pulled out of his bout against Robert Whittaker and retired shortly after due to kidney issues.
Whittaker and Caceres were pulled from the event without enough time to find replacements.
Julie Kedzie was anticipating Alexandra Albu, but the latter suffered an injury and was replaced with Bethe Correia.
How do the "Prelims" look: They are not that bad at all. The main attraction should be a bantamweight barnburner between Takeya Mizugaki and Nam Phan, along with a middleweight fight between Nick Ring and Caio Magalhaes which should not be too shabby, either.
Much like what we have been seeing for a while now, the "Prelims" are more or less reserved for developing fighters, promotional debutants and fighters on losing skids -- same deal, here.
Who needs a win badly: Both Hunt and Silva will need to win to forget about knockouts at the hands of Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez, respectively. However, if they want to continue chasing a heavyweight championship, they cannot afford to lose. Hunt may need the victory more, since he will be fighting in front of his peers and would love for his comeback story to continue.
All eyes are on Mauricio Rua, who has dropped two straight in his previous outings and has been looking questionable as of late. "Shogun" has always had tough opponents, no matter where he fought, which is all the more reason for James Te Huna to be someone he cannot afford dropping another loss to. If he loses, a place in the middleweight division or retirement awaits him.
Julie Kedzie will also want to snap a three-fight losing streak, since another loss could signal the end of her UFC career.
If Nam Phan loses, it would be his fifth loss in seven outings, and that is not good, either.
Finally, Ryan Bader must avoid a second straight loss and the possibility of him being a prospect who did not live up to the hype if he cannot get past Anthony Perosh.
Interest Level: 7.5/10
We are not shy to be critical about previous events, and in all honesty, when Hunt and "Bigfoot" were announced to headline a Fight Night card, we were not enthusiastic.
Seeing how future events played out (and how they keep on playing out), consider this main card a blessing. There are at least three to four fights we are excited for, and the fact that this card takes shape on a Friday night instead of Saturday is a bonus.
In addition, we cannot forget about the veterans like Hunt and "Shogun" to attract interest from the most casual of fans.
Here is the full UFC Fight Night 33: "Hunt vs. Bigfoot" fight card:
265 lbs.: Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva
FOX Sports 1 Main Card (9 p.m. ET):
FOX Sports 2 Preliminary Card (7 p.m. ET):
Facebook Preliminary Card (6:30 p.m. ET):
170 lbs.: Alex Garcia vs. Ben Wall
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 33 fight card on Friday night (Dec. 6, 2013), starting with the Facebook "Prelims" at 6:30 p.m. ET, then followed by the FOX Sports 2 "Prelims" at 7 p.m. ET, right on through the FOX Sports 1-televised main card bouts beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
Enjoy the fights!