Morning Report: Mark Hunt looking to finish 'dangerous' Antonio Silva at UFC Fight Night 33

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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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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via RealRadioBlog.com.

UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot Preview

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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