Friday night, UFC Fight Night 33 went down in Brisbane, Australia. The main event featured a fight of the year candidate with the Heavyweight clash between Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva. But, before that, the rest of the main card delivered plenty of action of its own.
"Shogun" returned to form with a devastating single minute knockout finish. The win pulled Rua out of a two-fight skid and improved his record to 3-3 since losing his title to Jon Jones. Te Huna dropped his second in a row and his UFC record dipped to 5-3.
Coming off the submission loss to Sonnen, Rua really needed the win here. It's pretty clear he's doesn't need to fight at the top of the division anymore, but he showed he still belongs in the Octagon. Te Huna had made a statement with a four fight win-streak, but the back to back losses since then will send him back to the middle of the division.
Bader beat Perosh from pillar to post to earn the unanimous decision. Bader was coming off a loss to contender Glover Teixeira and is now 3-2 in his last five fights. The loss dropped Perosh to 4-3 as a UFC fighter.
The win confirms what we've known about Bader for some time now. He's a strong competitor that falls just short of the elite-level at 205 lbs. At 41 years old and 1-2 in his last three, it's very possible this was Perosh's last fight.
It only took Palelei just over two minutes to takedown, mount, and TKO Barry. Soa is now undefeated in his two UFC fights. Barry fell to 5-7 as a UFC heavyweight.
Palelei didn't pick up a lot of new fans in his promotional debut, so it was good for him to get an exciting win and leaving with a better impression. A win over a gatekeeper like Barry isn't going to move him up the ladder much, though, even in a division as thin as Heavyweight. Sad to say, but the UFC has every right to cut Barry at this point. He's under .500 and has never had two consecutive wins. He is still a fan favorite, so it's possible he gets one more.
Andrews controlled the first round, but took a beating from Hester in the second. He went to wing a wild right hand and ended up throwing his shoulder out of socket. When he couldn't answer the bell, it was a declared a TKO (retirement). Hester improved to 2-0 inside the Octagon while Andrews dropped to 2-1.
It's no secret the UFC likes to prop up their TUF talent, and Hester's no exception. The win should keep him getting good placement on these smaller shows. The loss hurts Andrews, but he was on a two-fight run heading in and is no danger of losing his spot on the roster.
The two women went back and forth over their 15 minute bout with Correia edging out Kedzie to win the split decision. The win was Correia's first as a UFC fighter. Kedzie dropped to 0-2 in the Octagon and extended her losing streak to 4 fights.
Correia picked up a very respectable win in her UFC debut, a good statement to make in such an underdeveloped division. At the post fight press conference, Kedzie announced her intention to retire following the loss.