Silva, Hunt in Fight of the Year; Malignaggi Tops Judah

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Antonio Silva, Mark Hunt Fight to Majority Draw in UFC Fight Night 33 Main Event

By Brian Knapp

Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva’s efforts at UFC Fight Night 33 will not be forgotten.

Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva battled to the brink of total exhaustion, and the masses were most certainly entertained.

In an exceptional five-round war that will not soon be forgotten, Hunt and Silva fought to a majority draw in the UFC Fight Night 33 headliner on Friday at the Brisbane Entertainment
Centre in Brisbane, Australia. One judge sided with Hunt (9-8-1, 4-2-1 UFC) with a 48-47 scorecard, while two others scored it 47-47. Neither Hunt nor Silva sounded disappointed with
the outcome.

“It was a great fight,” Hunt said. “To all the fans, thank you. You make this sport what it is.”

After a slow start, two of the Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight division’s heaviest hitters went after one another with reckless abandon. They traded knockdowns, with
“Bigfoot” flooring Hunt with a clubbing right hand in the first round and “The Super Samoan” returning the favor in the third. Back and forth they went, exchanging blows that might
have ruined lesser men. Hunt almost finished it with heavy ground-and-pound in the third round, only to have Silva mount, punish and almost stop him a round later.

Though they could barely stand, neither man gave an inch in the fifth round. There, the 5-foot-10 Hunt opened a cut above the 6-foot-4 Silva’s eye with a standing elbow; “Bigfoot”
responded late with accurate, thudding combinations. At the end of it all, they embraced, perhaps sensing the need to hold one another upright.

“I’m so happy,” Silva said. “Mark is a tough guy. I trained a lot for this fight. A few weeks ago, I injured my back, but I came here to fight, and I did my best today.”
‘Shogun’ Counter KOs Te Huna

In the co-main event, former light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua knocked out James Te Huna with an exquisite counter left hook a little more than a minute into the first round. Rua
(22-8, 6-6 UFC) drew the curtain 63 seconds into round one, halting the first two-fight losing streak of his career.

The two 205-pound brutes held nothing back in their brief encounter. During their final exchange, “Shogun” uncorked a short left hook that folded Te Huna (16-7, 5-3 UFC) where he stood
and sent him crashing violently to the canvas in an unconscious state. Rua had not finished a fight inside the first round since he waylaid Forrest Griffin at UFC 134 in August 2011.

“I want to thank everybody here for the support,” he said. “It’s a great feeling. I want to dedicate this win to my team, my family and my fans. It feels great. I knew he could come
aggressive, trying to strike, but I also expected him to come clinching and trying to wrestle me. I was timing his entrances, and I was happy that I could end the bout.”
‘TUF 8’ Winner Bader Mauls Perosh

“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 winner Ryan Bader won for the fourth time in six outings, as he rode takedowns and vicious ground-and-pound to a lopsided unanimous decision over
Anthony Perosh in a featured light heavyweight match. All three judges scored it for Bader (16-4, 9-4 UFC): 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26.

Under fire from the start, Perosh (14-8, 4-5 UFC) was never a factor in the bout. Bader wobbled him with a nasty right uppercut in the first round and then proceeded to maul the
Australian on the mat. The prolonged beating was at times uncomfortable to watch, as the Power MMA Team representative smashed away with elbows and punches for long stretches. By the
time it was over, Perosh barely resembled the man who had entered the cage some 20 minutes earlier.

“Something happened in the first, and I couldn’t really throw [my right hand], but no excuses,” Bader said. “He’s tough. I learned from my last fight, from rushing in there. We have a
good team. We got it done and stayed patient. I didn’t get the knockout, but I [won] the fight.”
‘The Hulk’ Smashes Barry

Australian Fighting Championship titleholder Soa Palelei knocked out Pat Barry with brutal ground-and-pound from the mount in the first round of their heavyweight scrap. Barry (8-7, 5
-7) wilted under the barrage 2:09 into round one, as he lost for the fifth time in seven appearances.

Palelei (20-3, 2-1 UFC) secured a takedown inside the first minute, dodged an attempted kimura from the New Orleans native and advanced to full mount. From there, the punches fell
until Barry lay unconscious beneath the monstrous Australian. Palelei has finished his last 10 opponents, eight of them inside one round.
Andrews Injury Gives Hester TKO Victory

Clint Hester defeated “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 17 castmate Dylan Andrews by technical knockout after a shoulder injury left the 34-year-old Kiwi unfit to continue between the
second and third rounds.

Faced with Hester’s heavy artillery on the feet, Andrews (17-5, 2-1 UFC) turned to takedowns in round one, where he grounded the Atlanta native twice. In the second round, Hester (9-3,
2-0 UFC) scored with a takedown of his own and battered his adversary from top position, bloodying his mouth and opening a small cut near his left eye. The superficial damage was the
least of Andrews’ problems. Hester later blocked an overhand right from him, resulting in what appeared to be a shoulder separation and bringing a premature end to the bout.
Correia Hands Kedzie Fourth Straight Loss

Power punches and a pair of key takedowns carried the undefeated Bethe Correia to a split decision over Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts export Julie Kedzie in a women’s bantamweight
showcase. All three judges struck 29-28 verdicts, two of them siding with Correia (7-0, 1-0 UFC).

The two bantamweights fought to a virtual standstill on the feet, the American seeming to land with more frequency, Correia with more authority. Kedzie (16-13, 0-2 UFC) leaned heavily
on kicks to the head, body and legs, but they failed to curb the Brazilian’s forward movement. Correia delivered a takedown in the closing seconds of the first round and another late
in the third, perhaps sealing the decision in her Octagon debut.


malignaggi vs judah

Paulie Malignaggi moves to 33-5

by Associated Press


NEW YORK — Paulie Malignaggi said the trip to the ring for his bout against Zab Judah was an emotional one. After all, he was fighting a fellow Brooklyn native in their hometown.

Fortunately for Malignaggi, he was the borough’s best fighter on Saturday night.

“It definitely allows me to continue boxing,” Malignaggi said after claiming a unanimous decision at Barclays Center. “With a loss, I don’t know if I wanted to continue.”

The judges scored it 116-111, 117-110 and 117-110 in favor of Malignaggi (33-5) in a fight that had many in the crowd of 9,363 booing the lack of action. He won 10 rounds on the
scorecards of Adelaide Byrd and Max DeLuca and nine rounds on Michael Pernick’s scorecard.

“This big win puts me in the right spot for a fight in the talented welterweight division,” Malignaggi said.

Malignaggi said he now wants to fight the winner of the next weekend’s bout between Adrian Broner and Marcos Maidana, who will compete for welterweight crown in San Antonio. Malignaggi
lost a split decision to Broner on June 22 in Brooklyn in a fight that was more known for its trash talking.

The buildup to this fight carried none of the trash talk as both fighters exhibited a healthy respect for each other, reflected in Malignaggi’s post-fight comments.

“Walking to ring was pretty surreal for me,” Malignaggi said. “As a teenager, I’ve seen Zab fight and it was surreal because I was walking to the ring to fight Zab, not that I never
expected that to happen, not that I didn’t expect myself to be successful but it was going to be very emotional for me.”

Despite spending most of the night with blood on the left side of his face, Malignaggi did enough to win by landing 230 of 607 punches thrown, including 122 of 376 jabs.

It was the third loss in four fights for Judah (42-9), who is a five-time champion within the light welterweight and welterweight divisions. Judah landed 121 of 498 punches, including
67 of 386 jabs. But he lost for the second straight time at Barclays Center after dropping a unanimous decision to Danny Garcia on April 27.

“I was very motivated for this fight,” Judah said. “I came to fight and so did Paulie. He did a good job of staying outside. It just wasn’t there.

“I have to step it up. It was a great opportunity, a great situation. I wanted to be the king of Brooklyn but I have to go back, put it together and see what’s next.”

The fight was billed as the “Battle of Brooklyn,” with Judah representing the Brownsville section of the borough and Malignaggi competing for Bensonhurst.

Malignaggi was dropped briefly at the 2:26 mark of the second round when Judah connected with a hard left hand. After unsuccessfully arguing with referee Michael Ortega, Malignaggi
came back swinging and continued to throw jabs in the middle rounds while Judah constantly ducked the punches.

Judah’s best round seemed to be the seventh, when he started and ended with a number of body shots but was unable to finish them.

All three fights on the undercard also went the distance.

Shawn Porter (23-0-1) remained unbeaten and took the IBF welterweight title by outpointing Devon Alexander (25-2), 115-113, 116-112 and 116-112.

Erlslandy Lara (19-1-2) retained his WBA Interim Super Welterweight championship with a unanimous decision over Austin Trout (26-2), who dropped his second straight fight since
retaining the light welterweight title by defeating Miguel Cotto last December at Madison Square Garden.

Lara briefly dropped Trout to his knees in the 11th round with a series of left hands and won the fight, 118-109, 117-110, and 117-110.

Sakio Bika (32-5-3) retained his WBC Super Middleweight championship by taking a split decision against Anthony Dirrell. Bika lost a point for a low blow in the 11th round and judges
had the fight 114-112 for Bika, 116-110 for Dirrell and 113-113.

Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley, Riddick Bowe, former Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress and Knicks forward Metta World Peace attended the fight.
Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press

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