UFC Fight Night 33 was held on Friday, December 6th, 2013 and was the first of 3 events that are scheduled to occur in December and it set the pace for what should be an action packed month. At the end of the fight fans around the world were left standing with what was an epic main event.
Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva gave the fight community 25 minutes of action that resulted in a majority draw. They both had flashes of moments where it seemed like the end of the fight was near, but somehow their opponent would dig deep to keep coming forward.
Silva jumped out to an early lead as he peppered Hunt with leg kicks while using movement in the first two rounds. Mark's legs were visibly damaged from the strategy but that did not stop him from continuing to chase down his opponent. He would get his first moment of success when he landed a straight right hand that dropped the former number one contender to his back. Hunt would then pounce on him looking for the finish that would not come.
Silva took control back in the fourth round but it wasn't easy as Mark had him rocked multiple times. The round would end with Silva in full mount, raining down blows while Hunt would attempt to throw punches from his back.
The fifth round was back and forth action where both fighters were clearly tired beyond belief. Hunt would look for a standing elbow multiple times while Silva would score with a clinch knee. Along with that and other shots he looked to have Hunt hurt but could not score another takedown that could have sealed the fight in his favor.
After 25 minutes the fight would go to the scorecards where Hunt would be declared the winner on one while the other two saw the bout a draw.
The co-main event of the bout featured former light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua against James Te Huna in what was expected to be a striking showcase. Many individuals were picking Te Huna due to the recent performances that “Shogun” had put out but he would quickly change their mind.
At the 1:03 point of the contest Rua would land a crisp left hand that immediately turned out Te Huna's lights and dropped him to the canvas. He would follow up with one more shot but it was already clear that his opponent had left consciousness moments before.
Ryan Bader and Anthony Perosh met in one of three light heavyweight fights that was on the main card. For 15 minutes Bader unleashed a fury on Perosh that was almost difficult to watch in some points.
The mauling started with a sickening uppercut that rocked Perosh in the first round but Bader was unable to put his opponent away. He came close to coaxing a stoppage from the referee in the third round but Anthony found a way to stay alive in the contest long enough to make it through three rounds.
Australia’s own Soa Palelei didn't need much time to put away Pat Barry in their heavyweight bout to open the card. Barry through a big knee that landed to Soa's body but allowed him to land the takedown. A few moments would pass before Barry would give up the mount with one of his arms trapped underneath his opponent's body. Soa would rain down shots to bring the fight to a close in less than three minutes of action.
UFC Fight Night 33 was a very solid event with a number of enjoyable fights. A former champion showed flashes of his old form while the fight world played witness to perhaps one of the greatest heavyweight MMA bouts of all time.
Full Fight Card Results
Antonio Silva and Mark Hunt fought to a majority draw.
Mauricio Rua defeated James Te Huna via KO in round one.
Ryan Bader defeated Anthony Perosh via unanimous decision.
Soa Palelei defeated Pat Barry via TKO in round one.
Clint Hester defeated Dylan Andrews via TKO stoppage due to injury.
Bethe Correia defeated Julie Kedzie via split decision.
Takeya Mizugaki defeated Nam Phan via unanimous decision.
Caio Magalhaes defeated Nick Ring via unanimous decision.
Justin Scoggins defeated Richie Vaculik via TKO in round one.
Krzysztof Jotko defeated Bruno Santos via unanimous decision.
Alex Garcia defeated Ben Wall via KO in round one.