Mark Hunt and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva had one of the most memorable heavyweight bouts of 2013.
Many writers dubbed the fight, which took place in Australia at a UFC Fight Night event, a “Fight of the Year” candidate. It ended in a five round majority draw which earned both combatants “Performance of the Night” honors.
Sadly, a bit of luster was lost when Silva would later fail a post-fight drug test (for elevated levels of testosterone), which led to him being stripped of his “POTN” honor. But the fight remains a special one — especially, for fans of an old fashioned brawl.
Sources have the second bout between Silva and Hunt as having received “verbal agreement” — and is being scheduled for UFC 193 in Australia.
Hunt, a former K-1 champion who has earned a 10-10-1 MMA record (5-4-1 in the UFC) is one of MMA’s most feared knockout artists. But the 41 year old has struggled of late, having suffered TKO defeats in his last two bouts. He was born in New Zealand but resides in Australia.
A native of Brazil, Silva is 19-7-1 in MMA (3-3-1 in the UFC). His most recent UFC appearance was a TKO win over Soa Palelei, who — like Hunt — is also of Australia.
The main event for UFC 193 will see Robbie Lawler defend his UFC welterweight title against Carlos Condit. The event is expected to air on pay-per-view.