UFC 193 - Heavyweight Rematch

UFC 193 - Heavyweight Rematch

Photos courtesy of AKA Thailand

Photos courtesy of AKA Thailand

December 7 2013, UFC Fight Night 33 Brisbane Australia marked one of the fiercest UFC heavyweight fights we have seen to date, some say ever. Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva both bloodied, slugging it out for all 5 rounds, the result ending in a majority draw and winning Fight of the Night. In the upcoming UFC 193 Melbourne card, and despite Silva’s positive results of elevated levels of testosterone against Hunt, this will be a rematch of the ages.

In a round-a-bout way, for Mark Hunt his career has come full circle. After nearly 20 years he returns to fight in Melbourne where his fighting career began.  This time, however, #8 ranked Heavyweight Mark Hunt has taken a different approach to fight preparations. His diet strictly vegan and he also deciding to complete an 8 week training camp in Phuket at Thailand’s Premier Muay Thai, MMA & Fitness Training Facility “AKA”.  Here his ground coach Steve Oliver of American Top Team New Zealand also joined him to train and other training/sparring partners and coaches contributed as he mastered his standup strength. In recent photos and videos posted by Hunt via social media it is evident that Mark Hunt is possibly in the shape of his life for the fight of his life.

UFC 193 - Heavyweight Rematch Mark Hunt

Currently ranked #11 Heavyweight Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva arrived in Melbourne 4 days ago with his American Top Team contingent, including fellow female team mate #9 Strawweight Valerie Letourneau who will face off against Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the Strawweight title. Silva has been training at the prestigious Coconut Creek facility that is ATT alongside Antonio Carlos Junior and Junior Dos Santos not to mention the trainers that come with this gym specializing in Jiu Jitsu and Wrestling. Silva has also been completing intense conditioning sessions with trainer Everton B Oliveira.

WHEN THEY LAST MET: These 2 heavyweights last met in 2013 where Hunt was the dominant striker landing 184 of 262 strikes (71%) to Silva's 137 of 235 (59%) and also 2 successful takedowns to Silva's zero. Both fighters had a knockdown each but it was Hunt who controlled the fight for 6.05 minutes to Silva's 3.09 minutes.

A CLOSER LOOK: SUPER SAMOAN vs BIGFOOT:

- Mark Hunt (10W 10L 1D) stands at 5’10” while Antonio Silva (19W 7L 1NC) stands at 6’4” – while you would think this is a huge advantage for Silva, Hunt has been specializing in bringing down skyscrapers with knockouts against: 6’4” Cheick Kongo in the first round,  6’0” Roy “Big Country” Nelson and 7’0” Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve.

- Antonio Silva’s last fight in August 2015 saw a win against fellow Samoan Soa “The Hulk” Palelei via TKO Punches stopping Palelei’s UFC career.

- In Mark’s last 6 Fights he has fought 1 title fight, won 1 Performance of the Night, won 1 Knockout of the Night and won 2 Fight of the Night in 4 different countries (Australia, USA, Japan and Mexico)

- Of Antonio Silva’s 3 wins in the UFC, all 3 have been by way of TKO punches or KO punches despite having a black belt in Jiu Jitsu.

- The last time Hunt fought on an official UFC card held in Australia was February 2011 in Sydney (UFC 127) where he fought Chris Tuchscherer and won by Knockout.

- The only time Antonio Silva has fought in Australia is against Mark Hunt, this was also the only time Silva has ever fought 5 rounds.

- Mark Hunt is the top 10 of the division at 41 years old.

- Antonio Silva suffers from a condition called Acromegaly which is an abnormal growth of feet, hands and face. After Silva’s loss against Andrei Arlovski in September 2014, he underwent head surgery to treat the condition.

- From the time Silva fought Hunt in Australia in 2013, he has only fought in Brazil since then (3 times)

- Both Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva represent American Top Team (NZ/US)

UFC 193 – Sunday, November 15th 2015 - Etihad Stadium, Melbourne.

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