UFC Fight Night Hunt vs Bigfoot fight card primer: Mark Hunt vs Bigfoot Silva

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Bloody Elbow presents a preview of UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot live from Brisbane, Australia in our fight card primer series. Here we look at the main event: Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Bigfoot Silva.

In the main event at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs Bigfoot, former K-1 champion Mark Hunt (9-8 MMA; 4-2 UFC) faces Antonio Silva (18-5 MMA; 2-2 UFC). This 5 round Heavyweight fight headlines the event. The UFC Rankings have Bigfoot as the #4 contender at Heavyweight, with Hunt unranked. UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs Bigfoot airs live from Brisbane, Australia this weekend on Fox Sports 1. One very important note: because of the time change from Australia, this card will air live in the US on FRIDAY night, December 6 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

This should be a fun Heavyweight fight between two fighters who have earned a real fan following online. But when both step in the cage Friday night, the fans will clearly be in one corner. New Zealand's Mark Hunt should receive quite the ovation from the Australian fans. Last time he fought in this area, it was his amazing walk-away KO of Chris Tuchscherer that kicked off his recent win streak. He'll look to give the fans another memorable Super Samoan moment here.

How do these two stack up?

Hunt: 39 years old | 5'10" | 74" reach
Silva: 34 years old | 6'4" | 82" reach

What have these two done recently?

Hunt: L - Junior dos Santos (KO) | W - Stefan Struve (TKO) | W - Cheick Kongo (TKO)
Silva: L - Cain Velasquez (TKO) | W - Alistair Overeem (KO) | W - Travis Browne (TKO)

How did these two get here?

Mark Hunt has been one of the most incredible comeback stories in MMA recently. After a horrible 0-6 run, he managed to put together a 4 fight UFC win streak that saw him just outside of title contention. Unfortunately for Hunt and his legion of fans, he then ran into the buzzsaw of Junior dos Santos, and was KO'd for only the second time in his MMA career. At 39 years old, and with 13 years of pro fights in first K-1 and then MMA, it's hard to envision Hunt making his way back to the top. But then, he proved everyone wrong once before in the UFC - maybe he can do it again.

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Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva took off in Strikeforce with his huge upset wins over first Andrei Arlovski and then Fedor Emelianenko. He's 2-3 since the Fedor victory, but the losses have only come against Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez - two of the very best Heavyweights in the world. Though he sometimes lacks grace in the ring, Bigfoot is a dedicated fighter who often puts on impressive performances that seem almost beyond his capabilities. Though he rarely uses it, he does have a strong jiu jitsu background - a discipline that has frequently been the Kryptonite to the Super Samoan.

Why should you care?

It's Mark Hunt. And beyond that, it's Bigfoot Silva. These guys always make for awesome fights - I see no reason not to be excited for this one.

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