Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight veterans Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva chased the knockout last night (Nov. 14, 2015) at UFC 193 inside Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
Since their 2013 war, neither man has done particularly well, but Hunt has managed to largely keep it together. Still, Hunt came into this bout having lost his last two, so this was definitely an important fight for him.
On the other hand, "Bigfoot" won his last match but didn't look very good in any of his last three. In order to prove that he still had something left in the tank, Silva desperately needed a win -- or at least a solid performance -- in this bout.
Instead, he was finished violently and efficiently.
Though both men started the fight patiently, Hunt took the center of the Octagon immediately. "Bigfoot" looked to kick from the outside, while Hunt tried to explode in with punches and landed a few kicks of his own.
After large periods of inactivity from both fighters, Hunt stepped into a hard right hand that rocked Silva. Seconds later, he stepped into a second right hand that sent Silva crumbling to the mat, giving Hunt another walk-off victory.
This was a pretty perfect performance by Hunt. He came into this fight in shape and with a game plan, and Hunt was disciplined in stalking "Bigfoot" and waiting for his opportunity. Once Hunt found his opening, he exploited it ruthlessly and knocked his opponent out.
That's all there really is to it. There's not much to analyze on Hunt's behalf, as his strategy worked perfectly and he took very little damage.
After this victory, Hunt will probably be thrown back to the wolves. Frankly, any fighter inside the top 10 makes for an entertaining fight with the "Super Samoan," whether it be Ben Rothwell, Josh Barnett, or Travis Browne.
Once again, it seems like "Bigfoot's" career as a contender is over. He simply can't absorb strikes like he once did, and this fight made it obvious. Two years ago, Silva ate dozens of punches just like the one that finished him last night, but that's no longer possible for the Brazilian.
It's unfortunate too, because I liked Silva's strategy. While kicking from the outside -- low kicks were a huge part of his success in the first fight -- Silva stayed in position to make Hunt miss and then look to counter. It was a smart game plan, but Silva's body just cannot keep up with the top of the heavyweight division any longer.
Last night, Mark Hunt knocked out Antonio Silva without much difficulty. Can Hunt climb back into the top five once more?
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