We could get used to these "Friday Night Fights" from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the future.
At last night's (Fri., Dec. 6, 2013) UFC Fight Night 33 event, which took place at Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Queensland, Australia, Hunt and "Bigfoot" gave us a fight for the ages, slugging it out for five rounds in the main event, which was declared a majority draw.
Before all the mixed martial arts (MMA) action unfolded inside the Octagon, there were promotional appearances to generate awareness for -- and interest in -- a trip to the Outback. Fighters said this and that, answering questions galore when all they really wanted to do is be left alone and not be bothered.
MMAmania.com does a pretty good job of passing along all the noteworthy pre- and post-fight comments for each event. But, as we've done before, let us look at the words that left the fighters' mouths before they stepped into the cage on Friday night.
"My strategy for this fight is to be well prepared for all situations. Mark Hunt is a dangerous opponent and deserves a lot of respect. I have to be sharp standing up, and good at takedowns if I want to take it to the ground. We're two fighters who look for the knockout during the entire fight."
-- It is true that Antonio Silva, alongside Mark Hunt, always look for the knockout; however, last night was a little different. These two heavyweights treated us to one of the best 265-pound fights ever, and no matter how hard they tried, they were both left standing at the end of the fight. "Bigfoot" tried to seal the deal with a knockout blow, Hunt was eager to return the favor, and that made for a five-round classic.
"This is the heavyweight division. "Bigfoot" is a big dude. He's got some big hands. If he catches me, I'm going out. Vice versa, too. This is the heavyweight division, and you can't really look past anything. If you get caught with anything, you're going to sleep. That's a fact."
-- We could say that Mark Hunt was wrong in his statement, and we could not have been more happier. Hunt threw his strongest and most powerful punches at Silva -- and vice versa -- and neither fighter was able to finish off their opponent. Because of that, we witnessed a five-round thriller, and arguably the most exciting fight that both Hunt and "Bigfoot" ever took part in.
"He's a very good striker but my team has organized a strategy to counter what he does best. We know where to exploit his weaknesses best."
-- Mauricio Rua must have traveled into the future, since his pre-fight interview was turned into action last night after stopping James Te Huna with a counter-left hook, knocking Te Huna out cold (watch video highlights here). That is one hell of an accurate statement for Rua, who may have brought forth his most impressive victory yet inside of the Octagon.
"I'm a big fan of Shogun. To beat Shogun, is to beat a legend. It would be overwhelming for me. It would be a huge thing for me, and it is an honor to share the cage with him."
Despite James Te Huna's praise of "Shogun," he was on the receiving end of a brutal knockout, and sharing the cage with the legend did not bode so well for the Aussie after all. He did keep pre-fight mumblings very respectful; however, you have to feel for Te Huna, who lost in devastating fashion in front of his hometown fans.
He's as tall as he is wide, like he's all around just a big guy. So, if he is capable of getting the fight to the ground, he's going to have the somewhat upper hand. But, I don't necessarily suck on the ground, either. I'd like to keep it standing as much as possible.
-- Unfortunately for Pat Barry, this fight ended with him on the ground, being knocked out from a vicious Soa Palelei in full mount position. "HD" has had some difficulty when it comes to the wrestling and takedown department before, yet this statement was very ironic from Barry, who was unable to regain his composure after his back was placed on the mat.
There you have it.
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