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UFC 193 fight card primer: Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva

Bloody Elbow presents a preview of UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm in our fight card primer series. Here we look at the main card bout between Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva.

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In a featured bout on the main card at UFC 193, Australian fan favourite, Mark Hunt (10-10-1 MMA; 5-4-1 UFC) faces Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva (19-7-1 MMA; 3-4-1 NC UFC) in a rematch of their epic battle at UFC Fight Night 33, which ended in a draw.

Following their amazing first fight, a rematch between these two exciting heavyweights was always on the cards. It will be interesting to see how Antonio Silva performs this time out as he was famously popped for PEDs following their first fight in 2013. The UFC 193 main card airs live on pay-per-view on Saturday, November 14th at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Melbourne's Etihad Stadium.

How do these two stack up?

Hunt: 41 years old | 5'10" | 74" reach
Silva: 36 years old | 6'4" | 80" reach

What have these two done recently?

Mark Hunt: L - Stipe Miocic(TKO) | L - Fabricio Werdum(TKO) | W - Roy Nelson (KO)
Antonio Silva: " - Soa Palelei (TKO) | L - Frank Mir (TKO) | L - Andrei Arlovski (TKO)

How did these two get here?

The road to this rematch has been a painful one for Mark Hunt. Following Hunt's first fight with Silva, the Super Samoan went on to knock out the iron-chinned Roy Nelson, but from that point onwards things took a turn for the worst. In Hunt's next two outings he was stopped by strikes, firstly by now champion Fabricio Werdum and then more recently by Stipe Miocic.

In the immediate aftermath of his first fight with Hunt, Silva was handed a suspension for testing positive for PEDs. Since Silva's return from suspension, the Brazilian has suffered a number of setbacks, most notably losing by knockout to both Frank Mir and Andrei Arlovski. Unlike Hunt, Silva did win in his last time out, earning a TKO over Soa Palelei.

Why should you care?

This fight is guaranteed violence.