UFC Fight Night 33 Betting: Hunt Has a Big Target in Silva

UFC Fight Night 33 Betting: Hunt Has a Big Target in Silva

UFC Fight Night 33 Betting: Hunt Has a Big Target in Silva
By Gabe Killian
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The hunt for Bigfoot is on, as K-1 star turned UFC knockout artist Mark “The Super Samoan” Hunt takes on the Brazilian, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the main event of UFC Fight Night 33 in Brisbane, Australia Friday.

The bout will be broadcasted live on FOX Sports 1 and almost guarantees an exciting finish. Hunt will be the underdog heading into the matchup at +140, with “Bigfoot” being the favorite at -170.

Hunt (9-8 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is coming off a third-round knockout loss at the hands of former heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos, which snapped his four-fight win streak inside the Octagon. Hunt is a very talented and powerful striker, who throws heavy hands and kicks. Hunt’s cardio is good for a heavyweight, so he won’t gas early on.

Hunt’s weakness would still be his ground game, as six of his eight losses have come by way of submission. His takedown defense has improved and is solid. But his submission defense, while also improved, remains a concern. Hunt’s gameplan will be to keep this fight on the feet while looking for Silva’s chin, which is no different than his gameplan for any other fight.

Silva (18-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is split between two wins and two losses inside the Octagon, both losses coming via first-round TKO stoppages at the hands of current UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez. Sandwiched between the losses are two knockout victories over top heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne, respectively.

“Bigfoot” moves slow and doesn’t have good footwork, but he does possess serious power in his gigantic fists. He likes to land hard shots with his opponents against the cage or while in top control on the mat.

He’s a talented grappler who owns black belts in judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Silva has good conditioning for a heavyweight, and will be able to go the distance against Hunt, if necessary. However, his best route to victory would be to close the distance and do his best to take the fight to the mat, where he will have the advantage. From there, he should look to work his heavy ground-and-pound, while simultaneously looking for the submission finish.

Eighty percent of the losses (four out of five) on Silva’s resume have been due to knockout. I think if Hunt manages to connect, Silva will go down. Silva is slow and an incredibly big target. I think it is a target Hunt could find.

Most people think Silva is going to get the takedown and then the submission. But I think Hunt will put Silva’s lights out in front of his adopted hometown crowd.

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