Many have labeled it the best UFC heavyweight bout of all time, and you’d be hard-pressed to disagree as the two training partners stood toe-to-toe and traded haymakers for five rounds.
Silva looked good early, using nice footwork and peppering the ‘Super Samoan’ with leg kicks. After the second, Hunt switched stances and looked noticeably maimed due the damage done to his lead leg.
Hunt, riding on the electric Brisbane crowd, got himself back into the fight after taking Silva down and peppering him with stiff shots on the ground. However, it was a huge straight that dropped Silva in the third that shifted the momentum into the Aussie’s favour.
Heavily gassed, both fighters slugged it out in the final round. Silva absorbed a inhuman amount of shots as Hunt chased the win. Using elbows to try and find the killer blow, it has been reported that Hunt broke hands during the fight. The crowd sensed that Hunt was just one big shot away from the KO, but it wasn’t to be, as the final horn sounded to rapturous cheers and applause.
Hunt’s late charge was enough to see him score a 10-8 round in the eyes of the two of the judges. This resulted in unusual majority draw — a decision that was welcomed by many including UFC President Dana White.
“The real winner of the fight was, us, the fans,” said White via Twitter.