The UFC went Down Under for some Friday night action on FOX Sports 1. UFC Fight Night 33 would serve as a memorable trip to Australia, as heavyweights Mark Hunt and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva battle to an incredible majority draw that will serve as a late entry into the “Fight of the Year” discussion. The night’s main card action would also see Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Ryan Bader, Soa Palelei, Clint Hester, and Bethe Correira notch victories on FOX Sports 1.
Hunt and Silva Draw in Classic Fight
For the most part, a draw is treated as somewhat of a dirty word in combat sports. That said, it was a fitting result to a bout that saw Mark Hunt and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva batter each other bloody and leave both staggering before the final horn sounded. Both men had their moments in a one of the bloodiest bouts in UFC history, as each heavyweight seemed on the verge of collapse multiple times over the course of their five round battle.
Both men had surprises for the other, as Hunt showed a surprising ground game while Silva was very crisp on his feet early in the fight. That said, game plans and training went out the window in the latter rounds as both men were staggering between every punch and gasping for breathe at every turn. The bout would nearly end in the fifth, as Hunt opened a wicked cut on his opponent’s forehead that required a doctor’s approval. The fight was allowed to continue however and the break in the action allowed both men a chance to tap their final reserves and give every ounce of energy they had left.
In the end, a draw seemed only fitting after the back-and-forth bloodbath that brought the fans to their feet by the time the final horn sounded. While a rematch makes sense, both men will need some time off after their fight. UFC president Dana White was particuarly thrilled with the bout, stating via twitter, “Both Hunt and Silva win FON and both get their win bonus and I might buy them both their own private ISLANDS!!!! Sickest HW fight ever!!!”
“Shogun” Bounces Back with Crucial Victory
Few fighters needed a victory more than again superstar Mauricio “Shogun” Rua against James Te Huna. The former PRIDE Grand Prix champion would catch the New Zealand native coming in with a vicious left hook that left Te Huna unconscious on the ground. The victory snaps a two fight losing streak for the Brazilian and leaves Te Huna needing a victory after consecutive losses for the first time in his career.
Bader Batters Perosh
Anthony Perosh called out Ryan Bader for tonight’s fight in his homeland, but it would be a terrible mistake after the end of the three round beating at the hands of the American. Bader was clinical tonight, as he showed restraint in the standup and on the ground to avoid another frustrating loss. When Bader put the fight on the canvas, he was particuarly brutal and battered the Aussie into a bloody mess. While the announcers lauded Perosh’s heart, that criteria does nothing to impede the havoc that Bader wreaked on the scorecards. Bader improves to 2-1 in his last three, while Perosh drops to 1-2.
Palelei Flattens Barry
Australian fighter Soa Palelei would erase the dreadful stench from his UFC return bout against Nikita Krylov with a dominant victory over Pat Barry. Palelei would get the bout to the canvas using his wrestling and, after defending a kimura attempt, the bout was all but over. Palelei quickly attained mount and blasted Barry into unctuousness. Palelei has now won ten straight fights, while Barry finds himself at a crossroads after losing five of his last seven, with the last three losses coming via KO or TKO.
Hester Defeats Andrews
TUF 17 teammates Clint Hester and Dylan Andrews would meet in tonight’s second main card fight tonight in Brisbane. The bout went back and forth for two rounds, but it was an unlucky punch by Dylan Andrews that would end the night for the hometown favorite. Andrews would dislocate his shoulder in the second round after Hester would parry an overhand right. While the same injury happened to Andrews in his UFC Fight Night 27 fight, the visible nature of the injury led the ringside doctor to call a stop to the action.
Correia Edges Kedzie
WMMA pioneer Julie Kedzie was unable to attain her coveted UFC victory tonight as talented prospect Bethe Correia edged out Kedzie in tonight’s opener. The bout was a fairly even affair as the speed of Kedzie ran into the power of Correira. The Brazilian would pick up the victory by mixing in takedowns with hard power shots that cracked Kedzie a few times. In the end, two judges favored the Brazilian and allowed her to stay perfect in MMA. The loss was particuarly bittersweet for Kedzie, as the fan and media favorite decided to call it a career after 29 professional bouts.
UFC Fight Night 33 Results:
- Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva ruled a majority draw (48-47,47-47,47-47)
- Mauricio “Shogun” Rua def. James Te Huna via KO (punch) at 1:03 of Round 1
- Ryan Bader def. Anthony Perosh via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-26)
- Soa Palelei def. Pat Barry via KO (punches) at 2:09 of Round 1
- Clint Hester def. Dylan Andrews via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2
- Bethe Correia def. Julie Kedzie via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Takeya Mizugaki def. Nam Phan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-28)
- Caio Magalhaes def. Nick Ring via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)
- Justin Scoggins def. Richie Vaculik via TKO (strikes) at 4:43 of Round 1
- Krzysztof Jotko def. Bruno Santos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Alex Garcia def. Ben Wall via KO (punch) at 0:43 of Round 1