Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Australia for UFC Fight Night 33: "Hunt vs. Bigfoot," which takes place at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia, tonight (Friday, Dec. 6th, 2013) on FOX Sports 1.
In the main event, Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva will each be looking for the finish, in hopes of staying in title contention in the heavyweight division.
Mauricio Rua will try to bounce back against hometown fighter James Te Huna in the co-main event, which will be contested at light heavyweight. Also on the card is Ryan Bader against Anthony Perosh, while Julie Kedzie battles Bethe Correia.
As the main card competitors finished off a week of mixed martial arts (MMA) media appearances and successfully made weight yesterday (see staredown pics here), it's time for their final "Fighting Words" before the time for talking is done and the fists start to fly.
FOX Sports Interviews:
Heidi Androl of FOX Sports caught up with "The Super Samoan" moments after he weighed in for his heavyweight fight, and briefly discussed how his training has helped him develop a comfort zone heading into this fight.
On if it is a relief to be fighting in his hometown:
"It is. I'm really amped about it. Not jet lag, no visa issues, I'm ready go."
On the biggest improvement for him having his camp in New Zealand:
"We worked on everything. The camp was an awesome camp. No injuries is the main thing for me. No jet lag, just a little hungry and thirsty. Nearly there, nearly there."
On if he looks to mix things early because of Silva's "questionable" chin:
"Of course -- everyone's chin is questionable. I'm always hitting hard. He's hitting hard, he's a heavyweight just like I am. It's not gonna go five, I don't see it going five."
On how he sees it ending:
"Knockout -- Mark Hunt knocking him out. First, second, third, fourth, fifth, doesn't matter. Anyone will do."
On how he is feeling heading into this fight:
"I'm feeling great now. I did have a few setbacks with sparring; everyone does get some injuries through the camp, so it was no different."
On if it is motivating or distracting fighting in his backyard:
"Yeah, definitely. In front of friends and family, fighting in my hometown too, it's great for me and it's good momentum."
On what makes him confident in knocking out Shogun:
"What makes me so confident? Everyone's got to be confident, man. Every fighter has to be confident in winning. If the knockout comes, that's great for me. But I really want to win."
On how he is feeling leading up to his fight:
"I feel good. We're here making weight, don't feel the best, but I'm excited. After last fight, I want to get right back in here -- opportunity presented itself in Australia. I've flied down here at UFC 110. Love the crowd, love the country."
On if he feeds off his opponent being a hometown guy:
"Yeah, for me it's energy and I feed off that. It doesn't matter if it's good energy or bad energy. And I've had a good reception here, in person here and on Twitter, the Australian fans....I've fought here before and I've gotten support here. It's not as bad as Brazil. I have fun no matter what."
On what his gameplan was heading into this fight:
"Every fight you come in here in the UFC is going to be tough. He's here for a reason. He's experienced, and he's going to try to take what I got -- and same here. I want to go in there and dictate my gameplan. If I do that, I'm going to win the fight for sure."
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 33 fight card TONIGHT (Fri., 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.
Those are the "final words" from the fighters. What are yours?