It should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Mark Hunt how he intends to end his night with Antonio Silva. Headlining this weekend's UFC Fight Night 33 alongside 'Bigfoot,' Hunt only hopes to add another spectacular finish to his gaudy resume.
"For me, with fighting, I'm not going to have any regrets," Hunt tells MMA Heat. "I'm throwing down to the very end. Like with Junior [dos Santos], if I'm going out, I'm going out. If he's going out, he's going out. It's one of those things for me. It's just what I am, what I do. I can't really have a bit of 'watch this, watch that.' For me, I just throw caution to the wind and go for it."
Just an arm's length away from breaking into the top 10, Hunt sees Silva as a bridge to one last push for glory towards a UFC title shot.
"As an opponent he's a very dangerous person. He's the No. 4 in the world and I'm not even ranked in the top 10. He's just another fighter at the end of the day for me, someone that's in my way."
"All the guys at this top level, they're pretty much dangerous all over the place. If you're not good all over the place you'll be in a little bit of trouble. It's hard to swim at the top end if you're only good at one thing."
At 39, Hunt says a loss on Saturday night wouldn't mean hanging it up. If a pink slip should come calling, he still has more to do in the fight game.
"I'd probably be the type that would go somewhere else. The UFC's the top for the division, the best. Everyone wants to be UFC champion and that's my goal and my dream. If I can't win this weekend I probably won't be able to climb back up the ladder again. This is a good opportunity for me, Bigfoot's No. 4. We both lost in Vegas [at UFC 160] but to get this opportunity after being dropped by Junior is pretty good."
Maybe there's even comfort in the thought of having familiar faces lying in wait should Hunt fall out of the UFC's future plans. With former opponent turned promoter Ray Sefo heading up things at World Series of Fighting, Hunt would seem to have some options.
"Me and Ray have got our own little mix for our rematch in K-1. If it happens, we'll see what happens with talking with Ray. UFC's the top at the moment. If I get the boot out of the UFC I'll still continue to fight. It'll be just a dream that I didn't accomplish. It'll be kind of hard, but we'll see what happens this weekend."
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As long as he can read it.
Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) December 3, 2013
You guys heard of this Hawaii?
My family and I had a great time in #Waikiki! I highly recommend you visit sometime. Lots of activities for families and tourist— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) December 4, 2013
DJ Mikey B.
Taking off, planning my set for liv nightclub gold coast on wednesday. See you there! pic.twitter.com/YMhuid5VoJ— michael (@bisping) December 3, 2013
@JohnDodsonMMA I'm bummed man heal up.— Scott jorgensen (@Scottjorgensen) December 4, 2013
@JohnDodsonMMA me too— Scott jorgensen (@Scottjorgensen) December 4, 2013
@JohnDodsonMMA we still got date son! 😏— Scott jorgensen (@Scottjorgensen) December 4, 2013
More from Cyborg.
Guys guess who is the creature? 1-arm bar 2-middle finger 3- running 4- big mouth— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) December 4, 2013
Just found out that @danawhite is going to give me a UFC contract 😃 I'm ecstatic. I'm going to fight my fucking ass off thank you so so much— Davey Grant (@DaveyGrantMMA) December 4, 2013
Costume birthday party?
Aniversário do meu amigo galvaototvsba A festa foi a fantasia e com surpresas ;) Feliz aniversario... http://t.co/BJppOJCl0m— Junior Dos Santos (@junior_cigano) December 4, 2013
Lead from the front.
" Dad but I don't like wearing the onezy PJs " Sometimes u just gotta Lead by Example pic.twitter.com/CRsB2hpwJG— Edward Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) December 3, 2013
Always a silver lining.
All this talk about how I suck got me 20 followers keep it going wanna get to 4000 before 2014— Mike Kogan (@MikeKogan) December 3, 2013
Advice from the NYBA.
If your a kid or in your twenty's don't get any tattoos Get them after your 35 I bet you won't want them. I hate all of mine.— phil baroni (@philbaroni) December 3, 2013
Announced yesterday (Dec. 3 2013)
cancelled John Dodson vs. Scott Jorgensen at UFC on FOX 9
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via RealRadioBlog.com.
It's fight week once again and I need your full attention for a moment. Rather than a Wednesday or Saturday show, this week's UFC Fight Night is set to take place this FRIDAY, so don't show up a day late.
As far as Fight Nights go, this is certainly one of the better lineups. With an intriguing preliminary card headlined by Julie Kedzie's chance at redemption against an undefeated and promising Bethe Correia, making her UFC debut, and a stacked main card, there is a lot to look forward to in this one. If you caught my "TUF 18 Finale Preview" last week, then you know by now that our predictions are as good as gold. So here we go again. Check out my main card predictions below and place your bets accordingly. Enjoy!
MAIN CARD PREDICTIONS:
1st Fight: Dylan Andrews vs. Clint Hester
Fellow TUF 17 competitors and budding UFC stars, Dylan Andrews and Clint Hester are true up-and-coming talents in the middleweight division. With similar size and style, this is an intriguing matchup, no matter how you look at it. I could honestly see this going either way, but I think Andrews will have a slight edge being from the neighboring country of New Zealand. He will certainly have the support of the Aussie crowd, and in a razor close matchup like this one, that's reason enough to go with the Kiwi.
Winner: Dylan Andrews by Decision
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