Mark Hunt And Antonio Silva Headline UFC Fight Night 33 Bonuses At $50,000 Each

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Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva tonight put on one of the greatest heavyweight fights in the history of the UFC. The colossal heavyweights were rewarded with “Fight of the Night” honors as announced a few moments ago by UFC officials. Other honors went to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for “Knockout of the Night” and no submission of the night honors as no submissions took place on the card. Each guy was awarded a $50,000 for their efforts.

Hunt and Silva in the main event fought to an epic majority draw and Rua reestablished himself in the light heavyweight division knocking out James Te Huna in 69 seconds.

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UFC Fight Night 33 Preview Show

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UFC Fight Night 33 takes place tonight from the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia. The main event will feature Mark Hunt battling Antonio Silva in heavyweight action. The co-main event will feature former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua facing off against James Te Huna.

Steve talks to Senior UFC Writer for FOX Sports, Damon Martin to preview UFC Fight Night 33. Martin and Steve break down the co-main and main event of the card, the rising price of UFC pay-per-views, the digital network, the latest on Ben Askren and much more.

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UFC Fight Night 33 Weigh-In Results: Mark Hunt And Antonio Silva On The Mark For Main Event

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UFC Fight Night 33 takes place tomorrow night from the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia. The main event will feature Mark Hunt battling Antonio Silva in heavyweight action. The co-main event will feature former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua facing off against James Te Huna.

Before the fights take place, the weigh-ins took place at the arena where tomorrow’s fight takes place to make the fights official. All 22 fighters on the card made weight. Here are the weight-in results from UFC Fight Night 33:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET)
-Mark Hunt (262) vs Antonio Silva (264)
-Mauricio Rua (205) vs James Te Huna (205)
-Ryan Bader (205) vs Anthony Perosh (204)
-Pat Barry (237) vs Soa Palelei (264)
-Dylan Andrews (185) vs Clint Hester (186)
-Bethe Correia (135) vs Julie Kedzie (135)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 2, 7 p.m. ET)
-Takeya Mizugaki (135) vs Nam Phan (135)
-Caio Magalhaes (186) vs Nick Ring (185)
-Justin Scoggins (125) vs Richie Vaculik (126)
-Krzysztof Jotko (185) vs Bruno Santos (185)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6:30 p.m. ET)
-Alex Garcia (170) vs Ben Wall (168)

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Chael Sonnen Approved To Fight At UFC Fight Night 26

All the hoopla over whether Chael Sonnen would get his license for UFC Fight Night 26 was all for nothing.

The former UFC light heavyweight and middleweight title challenger was unanimously approved for a license by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission to fight Maurcio “Shogun” Rua next Saturday in the main event at UFC Fight Night 26 in an email sent to BetweenTheRopes.com.

The hearing took place today due to the union group, Unite Here, who had filed the complaint with the MSAC due to the federal laundering conviction Sonnen received in 2011. Another complaint was filed by the National Organization for Women over Sonnen’s alleged sexist, homophobic and derogatory language following his conviction that year as well.

Both groups were rebuffed as the MSAC ultimately approved the Oregon native for a license.

Here is what MSAC representative Terrel Harris sent to BetweenTheRopes.com:

The State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to license Chael Sonnen in Massachusetts for the Ultimate Fight Championship contest scheduled for August 17, 2013 in Boston. The decision followed the recommendation of their Medical Advisory Board which considered Sonnen’s physical condition and medical information. The Commission also considered complaints regarding his reputation and character but concluded no information the Commission received should preclude Sonnen’s licensure.

UFC President Dana White stated his feelings on the matter when it was announced Sonnen was getting a license.

UFC Fight Night 26 takes next Saturday night from the TD Garden in Boston on the debut night of Fox Sports 1.

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