After having an up-and-down year, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will attempt to close out 2013 on a high note at UFC Fight Night 33, when he takes on heavy handed vet Mark Hunt. When you consider that Silva is currently ranked #4 in the UFC’s heavyweight division, and that the only men to defeat him since 2009 are Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier, a win over Hunt will certainly lead to another high stakes fight.
So who is “Bigfoot” looking to face next? While speaking to MMA Fighting.com recently, the 34 year-old had this to say about his immediate future:
“I’m not the type of fighter that chooses opponents,” Silva said. “I will fight whoever the UFC puts in front of me. But if they give me the opportunity to choose, I’d like to fight (Josh) Barnett. We have a history, and that’s why I’d want this fight.”
That would certainly be an interesting scrap. First things first, however, as Barnett is scheduled to fight Travis Browne at UFC 168, and Silva will battle Hunt tomorrow.
It’s going to be fascinating to see how Silva approaches Hunt, and whether he wants to test the powerful heavyweight’s striking skills for very long. That said, Silva has also demonstrated pretty scary stopping skills, just ask Alistair Overeem. So what will be “Bigfoot’s” strategy versus Hunt?
“If I see some openings to end the fight standing, I will. I’ve always did great against strikers, like Alistair Overeem, Travis Browne, Fedor Emelianenko. I’ll go for the knockout if I have the opportunity, but taking him to the ground will be my game plan.”
Makes sense. While it’s an important bout for Silva, it’s also a pivotal one for Hunt, as he’s coming off a memorable KO loss to Junior dos Santos in May (which ended his four fight win streak). A win over a top contender would be a great way for “The Super Samoan” to kick off another big run.
UFN 33 will be hosted by the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Australia and the main card will be broadcast on FOX Sport 1.