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“Bigfoot” Silva Talks Rematch With Mark Hunt, Fighting in Front of Massive Crowd

Kelsey Mowatt

Antonio Silva

Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will battle Mark Hunt for a second time on November 15th, but this time around, there could be 50,000-60,000 people in attendance. No biggie right?

Yes, recently the UFC announced that following their epic, jaw dropping battle in 2013, Hunt and Silva will meet again at UFC 193. Hunt-Silva I also took place in Australia, but this time, the fight will go down in Etihad Stadium. It’s a venue that can hold upwards of 50,000 fans. So, when you consider that Hunt is from New Zealand and lives in Australia, chances are he won’t be hearing too many boos that night.

Well, recently Silva spoke to Combate, and here is some of what the heavyweight had to say about the historic event (quote via Bloody Elbow):

“I’m flattered to fight at such a big stadium. It’s my first time, I don’t know how I will feel. I think it’ll be wonderful. Of course I never had a crowd that big before, but usually when there are 20 thousand people in the crowd, 16 thousand are against me. I have been fighting for 11 years and I only had three fights where the crowd was by my side. I’m used to it. I’ll forget that there will be about 50 or 70 thousand people there and I will focus on Hunt. After the fight, I will watch it and I’ll say ‘That’s cool’, but I won’t let my emotions get to me during the fight.”

It’s going to be a crazy, crazy night, no question. Silva also added that he’ll be gunning to finish Hunt in the rematch, since he doesn’t want to leave it in the judge’s hands. Their first meeting was declared a majority draw.

UFC 193 will be headlined by a welterweight fight between champion Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit. The card will also see Michael Bisping take on middleweight Robert Whittaker.

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