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UFC FN 33: “Bigfoot” Says he and Hunt Declined Bout Initially

Kelsey Mowatt


Recently the UFC announced an intriguing heavyweight match-up between Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Mark Hunt will take place December 7th, but it looks as though initially, the men weren’t sold on the idea.  The bout will of course headline UFC Fight Night 33, which will take place in Brisbane, Australia.

Silva and Hunt have spent time training together with Florida’s renowned American Top Team, and as a result, “Bigfoot” says he and Hunt asked to fight someone else. The promotion’s #4 ranked heavyweight recently told MMA

“When I got the offer to fight Hunt, I knew that he initially declined the bout, he asked to fight someone else, and so did I,” Silva said. “Not that we are big friends, but we trained together and helped each other this year.”

“I like the guy, he’s really cool, but we’re professionals and that’s part of the job,” said Silva. “They wanted that fight so we had to accept it, despite the fact that we didn’t want to. But I’m very happy that the UFC gave me this opportunity to headline another card. I hope I can do a great fight for the fans. I’m hungry to fight again. I recharged my batteries and I’m now ready to train and do a great fight on Dec. 7.”

The 33 year-old Silva added that he’s only sparred with Hunt “three or four times” and also credited “The Super Samoan” for being a “dangerous opponent.” Yup. That he is. It certainly has the potential to be a great headliner, and it will be interesting to see if and how quickly Silva looks to take the bout to the mat. Hunt hasn’t fought since he was KO’d by Junior dos Santos at UFC 160, while Silva hasn’t competed since he was stopped by Cain Velasquez that same night.

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