Top MMA News Breaks Down UFC Fight Night 33: Hunt vs. Bigfoot
The UFC will be making their way into Brisbane, Australia for UFC Fight Night 33 and it will be aired on December 6th. The headlining bout will be between Mark Hunt and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva. Also on the card will be Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Canadian Middleweight, Nick Ring. Ten main card and preliminary bouts will be aired live on Sportsnet ONE in Canada. The six main card bouts will be aired live on Fox Sports 1 and four preliminary bouts will be aired live on Fox Sports 2 in the US. There will be one Facebook/YouTube preliminary bout to start the night.
Mark Hunt (9-8) vs. Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva (18-5)
It really is nice to see how well Mark Hunt has performed in the UFC. Considering the major flaws he had coming into the organization, he has exceeded any expectations that fans have had for him. Antonio Silva is coming off of his second loss to Cain Velasquez but has certainly impressed prior to losing his title opportunity. With devastating knockout wins over Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne, Silva has a shot to rebound against a well-liked and respect fighter in Hunt.
Stylistically, there is no questioning where the advantages are. Silva has shown very nice combinations in his boxing, but his strength comes from top position. His cardio is great for a man of his stature but it has to be hard to believe that the bout will last long enough for that to matter. Hunt is going to be the superior striker. His success in kickboxing a decade ago was no fluke and he continues to show why that is. Hunt has drastically improved his ability to get up from the bottom, but against Silva, he definitely will not want to be put in that position.
If Silva is smart, he will aim to get this fight to the ground. His top control is frighteningly dominant. His biggest issue is his willingness to keep the fight on the feet. He believes a little too much in his stand up. Against the very short but extremely powerful Hunt, that’s a terrible idea. Silva’s large chin is an easy target, especially for somebody as accurate as Hunt. This fight is a coin flip based on the judgment of Silva. The only thing stopping me from picking Silva is his ability to get the fight to the ground to begin with.
Prediction: Hunt via TKO Round 1
Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua (21-8) vs. James Te Huna (18-6)
When was the last time it seemed like Mauricio Rua actually looked like himself? It has certainly been a struggle for the MMA legend and he will not be getting an easy fight against James Te Huna. It almost seems like a step down in competition considering Te Huna is not the most recognizable name on the roster but it isn’t exactly a guaranteed victory for Shogun, especially when watching him lately.
Both fighters are primarily strikers but Te Huna has recently shown a willingness to get the fight to the ground and use his size to control a fight from top position. He would be wise to try to do so against Shogun to avoid any threat of the berzerking power of the former UFC Light Heavyweight champion. Shogun certainly has had a tremendous career, but he is likely headed for an even greater fall against Te Huna.
Prediction: Te Huna via Unanimous Decision
Ryan Bader (15-4) vs. Anthony Perosh (14-7)
You never know what to expect from Ryan Bader. He’s a good fighter, but where does he rank with the rest of the 205-pound division? Anthony Perosh is a middle-tier fighter that is coming off of a huge victory over Vinny Magalhaes and will definitely look to capitalize against a big name opponent.
Perosh is a tough, old school grinder that will wear you out with excellent grappling but he definitely struggles against the most athletic new breed of fighters. Bader is definitely considered among one of the most athletic fighters in the division and it is tough to see how he loses this one. Odds are, after a few failed takedown attempts by Perosh, Bader eventually lands on him and gets the finish.
Prediction: Bader via KO Round 2
Pat Barry (8-6) vs. Soa Palelei (19-3)
It really is tough to watch the inconsistencies of such a likable character like Pat Barry. He has yet to be in a boring fight and that likely won’t change against Soa ‘The Hulk’ Palelei. Barry is coming off of a disappointing performance against Shawn Jordan while Palelei just had a successful return into the Octagon as he came out victorious in a brawl against Nikita Krylov.
Both fighters want to get the finish, and more specifically, the knockout. Barry clearly wants to keep the fight standing and although Palelei doesn’t mind that, he is more than happy trying to drag the bout to the ground to use his size and strength to dominate from top position. Palelei can utilize his good submission game if he gets it there but some credit has to be given to Barry for his new found ability to make his way back to his feet and to keep the fight standing. Barry has no excuses in this one, as he is the faster and more talented striker.
Prediction: Barry via TKO Round 2
Dylan Andrews (17-4) vs. Clint Hester (8-3)
This card has some very fun fights but none may be more entertaining than Dylan Andrews and Clint Hester. They were on the same team on the Ultimate Fighter and will be going head to head in what might very well be a war. Andrews has done a nice job in his young UFC career, getting an impressive come from behind victory over Papy Abedi while Hester is coming off of a knockout win over Bristol Marunde back in April.
Hester will go into this bout wanting to do one thing, get the knock out. He has vicious striking and can be a very exciting fighter in the UFC for a while. Andrews has the better-rounded game but seems to get himself into trouble a bit too much. This fight should be great for all fans that just want to see a battle of strong wills between two guys who are ready to put on a show.
Prediction: Hester via TKO Round 3
Nick Ring (13-2) vs. Caio Magalhaes (6-1)
When Nick Ring entered the Ultimate Fighter, many had high hopes for him. He hasn’t exactly lived up to what many had hoped. He is looking to rebound from a questionable decision loss to Chris Camozzi as he takes on Caio Magalhaes. After losing in his debut, Magalhaes had a very impressive showing against Karlos Vemola in his last bout.
Ring usually likes to use his movement and keep his opponents at a distance by utilizing a solid jab. He has a pretty solid overall game but against Magalhaes, he is better off keeping the fight on the feet. Magalhaes will likely charge in and try to get the fight on the ground. His Brazilian jiu-jitsu could easily be the difference in this bout but Ring is the more talented fighter and should be able to keep it standing.
Prediction: Ring via Unanimous Decision
Ben Wall (7-0-1) vs. Alex Garcia (10-1)
Many are excited about the debut of Alex Garcia. He is a prospect with plenty of potential and training with the likes of Georges St. Pierre and Rory MacDonald at TriStar will come with a lot of pressure that he should be able to live up to. Ben Wall is coming into this bout on short notice and the TUF: Smashes alum will have his hands full.
Garcia is a finisher, whether that be on the ground or on the feet. He has some vicious striking and he is a powerful grappler that can hold his own from top position. Wall is primarily a grappler with a decent submission game. If he can gain control against Garcia, he could grind out a decision. It is hard to see that happening against a much bigger fighter. Garcia will likely control the fight from the start until he gets the finish, using a mixture of power strikes and solid top control.
Prediction: Garcia via TKO Round 2