mark-hunt-5.jpgIf you’re one of those people who believes that a tie is the least satisfying possible outcome in sports, you should probably sit down and watch the fight that Mark Hunt and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva just put on at UFC Fight Night 33 in Brisbane, Australia.

If you don’t feel like revising your position after watching 25 minutes of bloody, brutal, back-and-forth rounds between two heavyweights whom most people didn’t expect to make it more than a round or two without someone losing consciousness, that’s fine. But you’re wrong.

After a brain-jarring battle that saw both big men wobble to the brink of unconsciousness, the judges declared it a majority draw, with one ruling in Hunt’s favor (48-47) and the other two seeing it even (47-47).

Normally, that’s the kind of thing that’s guaranteed to elicit boos from a fight night crowd, but not this time. This time it felt right, even if it probably wasn’t (more on that in a moment). This time it seemed like the worst possible outcome would have been for either to be called a loser after all that, wonderful and terrible though it was to see two men hurt each other that expertly for that long.

What made it seem especially spectacular was that, on paper, neither of these guys looks like a five-round fighter. Hunt is known more for walk-off knockouts and excruciatingly laconic interviews than for his cardiovascular conditioning. And Silva? Coming into this event he had 24 pro fights to his credit, with 16 of them ending in the first round. Neither man had ever gone more than three rounds in an MMA bout, and this particular matchup had quick and violent written all over it.

That is to say, it looked like it would turn out more or less the same way most heavyweight bouts do in MMA. Hence the surprise when Hunt and Silva proved to be every bit the tough-guy sluggers we thought they were, but also so much more. We knew they could both hit hard. That’s part of the deal at heavyweight. What we didn’t know is how much they had to offer in the sheer stubbornness category.

Both had their moments where, bloody and dazed and exhausted, they probably should have quit, but just couldn’t. They took turns knocking each other down and splitting each other open, so that by the time the final horn sounded they looked like a couple of giant Oompa Loompas, with skin gone orange from all the blood – their own and each other’s.

Forget the head trauma, the work rate alone would have gassed most heavyweights over 25 minutes of trading concussions and plasma. Then, after all that, it was time to name a winner.

The one judge who did had a debatable way of getting there. Judge Charlie Keech gave Hunt rounds two, three and five – all by 10-9 scores – despite the fact that Hunt limped back to his stool after the second thanks to Silva’s leg kicks.

The other two judges, Barry Foley and Kon Papaioannou, gave the second round to Silva along with the first and the fourth, but they also scored the fifth and final round as a 10-8 victory for Hunt. That’s what triggered the majority draw, which is bound to raise some eyebrows since anyone with half a mind for figures can look at his own scorecard and do the math on what a 10-8 round would mean at the very end of the fight.

Granted, they couldn’t have known that another judge was thinking the same thing, but they might still have to explain why Hunt’s fifth round performance warranted a 10-8, but Silva’s near stoppage of Hunt at the end of the fourth didn’t.

But then, who wants to argue about math after a fight like that? Who wants to get into the technicalities of MMA scoring after a fight so exciting and incredible that most of us forgot to even think about who was winning until it was over? By then declaring a victor almost seemed arbitrary, even a little crass. That’s why the draw just feels right. Brawls like that aren’t something you want to overthink.

There’s also an added benefit (or not, depending on how you want to think about it): without a conclusive ending, Hunt and Silva are practically guaranteed to find themselves in a rematch soon.

Well, maybe not soon. That would be too much to ask of anyone. Even these two.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 33, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

(Pictured: Mark Hunt)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Undefeated Chechen flyweight Magomoed Bibulatov sets sights on ‘Mighty Mouse’ and UFC gold

  • 22 days ago
  • 10 views

Undefeated Russian flyweight Magomed Bibulatov believes he is the perfect candidate to dethrone Demetrious Johnson when he signs with the UFC. Back in June 2014, top Russian flyweight Ali Bagautinov read news >>

Daniel Cormier believes the loss of Jon Jones 'hurts the sport'

  • 22 days ago
  • 4 views

UFC championship aspirant Daniel Cormier assesses Jon Jones' recent run-in with the law and how his absence will affect the sport. UFC light-heavyweight title challenger Daniel Cormier recently spoke read news >>

Jon Jones' Agent Says Fighter Shouldn't Have Been Stripped of Title

  • 22 days ago
  • 0 views

A manager for former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones believes the organization was wrong to strip the fighter of his championship so quickly after an alleged hit-and-run crash last month. Ma read news >>

Nick Diaz wants to rematch Anderson Silva in a ring ... not UFC's 'dog cage'

  • 22 days ago
  • 41 views

Woof, woof. Nick Diaz still believes he won his fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 183 earlier this year. Even though the Octagon-side judges all came to the conclusion that "The Spider" did enough read news >>

John Dodson: 'I Am the Savior of the Flyweight Division'

  • 24 days ago
  • 2 views

The UFC has struggled to make fight fans care about the flyweight division, but John Dodson believes he's the solution to that problem. While the 125-pound fold is lined with talented fighters and cu read news >>

Mayweather vs Pacquiao results: 'Pac Man' claims shoulder injury, believes he won last night regardless

  • 25 days ago
  • 20 views

It's not in the nature of fights like this to leave clean exit wounds. Last night (Sat., May 2, 2015), Floyd Mayweather used terrific footwork and ramrod jabs and straights to blunt the offensive bul read news >>

Manny Pacquiao: I thought I won the fight; Mayweather ‘didn’t do nothing’

  • 25 days ago
  • 44 views

Manny Pacquiao believes he defeated Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night’s ‘Fight of the Century.’ On Saturday night, the combat sports universe collectively tuned in for the biggest fight in a generat read news >>

Blackzilians coach Jorge Santiago: 'We try to knock people out'

  • 26 days ago
  • 3 views

At the center of a surging MMA camp, Jorge Santiago believes that the Blackzilians style and approach to training is a big part of their success.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Gustafsson believes the UFC ‘did the right thing’ to strip Jones of title: ’This is a favor to him’

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

Former UFC title challenger Alexander Gustafsson posted a video message where he delved into the Jon Jones fiasco that took place over the past few days. Much has taken place over the past few days: read news >>