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UFC Fight Night 33: Mark Hunt vs. Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva Official Scorecard (Pic)

Written by Tom Ngo
December 7th, 2013
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Lost in the awesomeness of Saturday’s instant classic between Mark Hunt and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC Fight Night 33, which has some pundits proclaiming it was the best heavyweight scrap in MMA history, was the fact the shootout ended controversially.

Should Silva have left Australia with a win? Did Hunt do enough to get his hand raised? How did the three judges sitting just inches from the live action reach their verdicts? Did the two who awarded Hunt with a 10-8 score in the fifth and final stanza quickly crunch the numbers before handing in their report cards because they didn’t want to say someone actually lost that epic war and felt a draw was more appropriate?

Although it wasn’t these same set of judges who scored Ryan Bader’s annihilation over Anthony Perosh two fights prior, it appeared as though 10-8 rounds were going to be hard to come by in the Land Down Under. I mean, if anyone should have enjoyed the benefit of 10-8’s, it was Bader. However, only one judge gave him that dominant score for just one frame.

It can be argued Bader should have received 10-8 scores (at least) across the board for all three stanzas

Judges Barry Foley, Ron Papaioannou and Charlie Keech all had Silva taking the first and fourth frames, while the trio gave Hunt the middle round. Foley and Papaioannou had differing opinions from Keech on the second and final periods.

Foley and Papaioannou had identical scorecards.

Barry Foley:

1: 10-9 Silva
2: 10-9 Silva
3: 10-9 Hunt
4: 10-9 Silva
5: 10-8 Hunt
47-47 Draw

Charlie Keech:

1: 10-9 Silva
2: 10-9 Hunt
3: 10-9 Hunt
4: 10-9 Silva
5: 10-9 Hunt
48-47 Hunt

Ron Papaioannou:

1: 10-9 Silva
2: 10-9 Silva
3: 10-9 Hunt
4: 10-9 Silva
5: 10-8 Hunt
47-47 Draw

Nonetheless, there were no losers in that fight, which is the most important thing – I guess. UFC president Dana White was so amped about the instant classic that he decided to award Hunt and Silva their win bonuses despite the draw.

Parlayed with their “Fight of the Night” checks, the heavyweights made roughly an extra $210,000 (Hunt) and $125,000 (Silva), respectively.

(Scorecard courtesy of Mike Chiappetta of FoxSports.com)

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