Hunt vs Bigfoot headlines Brisbane

Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva, Mark Hunt
Mark Hunt headlines UFC Brisbane against Bigfoot Silva.
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The Dec. 7 UFC event now has a destination. The Octagon will visit Brisbane, Australia for the first time, the UFC announced on Monday.

The UFC Fight Night event features popular local Mark Hunt against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the five-round headliner. It is the third Aussie location to hold a UFC show following Sydney and Gold Coast.


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“Our long term commitment is to bring our sport, our athletes and our brand to as many cities across Australia as possible,” UFC executive Tom Wright said in a statement. “Brisbane will represent the third city in Australia where we’ve hosted an event and we’re all very excited to be bringing an amazing card to our fans this December.”

Hunt, who fights out of Sydney, will be looking to rebound after a knockout loss at the hands (and feet) of Junior dos Santos in May. On that same date, Silva, currently No. 4 in the UFC rankings, was TKO’d by Cain Velasquez during a bid to capture the UFC heavyweight championship.

Tickets for the show go on sale on Oct. 9, and the event will air in the U.S. on FOX Sports 1.

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