If you’re excited to see Mark Hunt throw down with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva on December 7th, you may be interested to know that it sounds like the heavyweights needed some convincing to sign off on the tilt. If you missed it, the two have agreed to fight at UFC Fight Night 33 in Brisbane, Australia, in the card’s main event.

So what was the problem? Well, Silva and Hunt trained together at American Top Team in preparation for their UFC 160 tilts with Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos respectively. “Bigfoot” recently told MMA Fighting.com that as a result, they weren’t eager to attack each other in the Octagon.

“When I got the offer to fight Hunt, I knew that he initially declined the bout, he asked to fight someone else, and so did I,” Silva said. “Not that we are big friends, but we trained together and helped each other this year.”

“I like the guy, he’s really cool, but we’re professionals and that’s part of the job,” said Silva. “They wanted that fight so we had to accept it, despite the fact that we didn’t want to. But I’m very happy that the UFC gave me this opportunity to headline another card. I hope I can do a great fight for the fans. I’m hungry to fight again. I recharged my batteries and I’m now ready to train and do a great fight on Dec. 7.”

It’s an extremely important fight for both men, since Silva is coming off a loss to Velasquez and Hunt is also looking to rebound from a stoppage defeat versus dos Santos. “Bigfoot” credited Hunt for being a “dangerous opponent”, as how can’t you, but noted he’s defeated dangerous strikers in the past like Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski. It should be a good one.

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