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Fight Archives: Mark Hunt and ‘Bigfoot’ Silva put on a show for the ages

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Let’s all look back on this 2013 classic between two respected heavyweights.

Mark Hunt and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva both put on a performance to remember in their first fight in 2013.
Mark Hunt and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva both put on a performance to remember in their first fight in 2013.
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How would you define a “classic fight?” Blood spilled all over the canvas? Check. Two heavy hitters going at it for 25 minutes? Roger that. Shots thrown with the illest of intentions? Hell yes.

By that definition, the 2013 firefight between Mark Hunt and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva perfectly fits the bill.

The opening minutes were a bit slow-paced between these two respected heavyweights. But you knew that as soon as one of them engaged, somebody was going down. In this case, it was Hunt who first got a feel of the canvas when Silva dropped him with a right hand halfway through round one.

Round two onwards was all action. Bigfoot landed thudding leg kicks. Hunt, meanwhile, went headhunting in classic Super Samoan fashion.

By round four, Hunt and Silva were throwing caution to the wind and turning each other’s heads with massive punches. By round five, both men had their crimson masks on.

The fight ended in a majority draw, and indeed, everyone went home a winner that night. The results were unfortunately overturned to a No Contest after Silva failed his post-fight drug test. They would meet again two years later, but this time it was Hunt who emerged victorious via first-round TKO.

Anyway, I won’t ruin this fight any further with my breakdowns and just allow you all to relive all five rounds of beautiful violence. In HD.