Mark Hunt, Antonio Silva Deliver Historic UFC Heavyweight Fight

BRISBANE, Australia — If you missed the main event between Mark Hunt and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC Fight Night in the land down under Friday night in the United States, you missed a fight that not only made history in the UFC heavyweight division, but a fight that had no losers in the octagon.

Literally, neither Hunt nor Silva lost, as the judges scored the fight 48-47 Hunt and two 47-47 scores. The fight was deemed a majority draw, leaving the packed stadium on their feet and cheering loudly for both fighters who left everything they had in the octagon.

Both fighters traded blow for blow for all five rounds. Silva got the early edge in the first two rounds, but Hunt was able to take the strikes to his chin and leg and withstand them. In the third round, Hunt got a surprising takedown and delivered some vicious ground and pound. In the fourth round, Hunt got another takedown, but Silva late in the round got top position on the ground, and by getting the mount position, tried to finish off the fight. Hunt was able to survive, sending the fight to the fifth round.

In the fifth round, Hunt landed some vicious short elbows and jabs to the head of Silva, who has bleeding so bad that the fight had to be temporarily stopped to clear the blood from Silva’s cut so he could see. After the brief delay, Hunt and Silva traded blow for blow, bloodied and bruised, until the final horn went off to end the fight.

When Bruce Buffer announced that the fight would end in a draw, both fighters embraced each other, and the crowd became the loudest of the night with the decision. Social media went crazy for the main event, including thoughts from UFC President Dana White:

And if there was any doubt, White also showed his praise for Hunt and Silva by naming them the Fight of the Night:

Not only was the main event one of the best heavyweight fights in UFC history, but the combined 184 strikes between Hunt and Silva was the most in a fight in UFC heavyweight history, according to Fightmetric. Both fighters also combined for 305 total strikes, two knockdowns, and Hunt landing two takedowns.

The fight between Hunt and Silva has now jumped out as a top candidate for Fight of the Year in 2013, and will go down as one of the greatest UFC fights in history.



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