Who could have predicted that the UFC Fight Night 33 main event between Heavyweights Mark Hunt (9-8-1) and Antonio Silva (18-5-1) would turn out to be one of the most memorable fights in UFC history?
Even though the fight ended up being a draw, this wasn’t like any draw you’ve seen before. Hunt and Silva battled to the point of exhaustion for five grueling rounds. Everyone in the audience was on the edge of their seats that night at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The fight shifted sides multiple times, but neither fighter was able to finish the other one off. In the end, they were both covered in blood. Silva’s face was battered and swollen, and Hunt’s hand was broken in two places.
In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Hunt shared his thoughts on the historic bout that night.
“It was pretty even,” he said. “I didn’t mind it being a draw. We still walked out of there and back to our families pretty much in one piece. It could have gone either way. There’s so many arguments you could make about who won the fight or who did more, but who cares? It was a pretty good fight.”
The fight was so pleasing to UFC fans that many called for an immediate rematch. When asked about the possibility of fighting Silva again, Hunt’s response was a bit surprising.
“Honestly? No,” he said. “It probably wouldn’t be as good as the first one. It would probably end a lot quicker. So honest opinion, no. Why ruin a good thing?”
Due to his broken hand, Hunt is expected to be sidelined for the next few months. He hasn’t confirmed exactly how long his injury will take to heal or whom he wants to fight next.