The UFC sure took it to Australia, alright! FN 33 was not only a free, stacked fight card but also one for the books. The fans witnessing injury, knockouts and epic wars between two warriors.
Your co-main event of the evening, ‘Shogun’ Rua vs. Jame Te Huna would end in devastating fashion. As we all have seen, these two are no strangers to an all out brawl. That being said, neither of these two, Rua or Te Huna were hesitant to move forward and throw bombs. Rua, in the first round was put with his back towards the cage, nowhere to go but through his opponent, Te Huna. That being his only option, he would do just that. ‘Shogun’ landed with a huge left hook counter, knocking Te Huna out on his feet, before he could hit the mat. After landing the devastating knockout blow, ‘Shogun’ would then proceed to drop his body weight behind a follow up shot to the downed Te Huna before the ref could jump in.
Dana White pre-fight night stated that if ‘Shogun’ is to lose, he’ll be talking to him about retirement. I believe that conversation will wait. White also said if Rua wants to move weight classes, after his performance, he can do whatever the wants. Pride truly has not died.
and now… IT’S TIME!
Your main-event of the evening, Mark Hunt vs. ‘Bigfoot’ Silva would turn into what most people are stating as “fight of the YEAR” (not official). These two giants left everything they had in the octagon. Both looking for a finish. However, neither of these warriors had even an ounce of quit in them. Hunt and Silva were bloodied, bruised but not beaten. It was a back and forth battle, Hunt would fall, and then Silva. Silva would land with a huge shot, and then Hunt would follow. The fight would go all 5 round and into the judges hands. The fight was scored (48-47 [Hunt] 47-47, 47-47), making this a majority decision draw.
Neither of these beasts deserve a loss, both came and put on a show. We can only hope with this decision, a rematch follows.
Friday, December 6th the UFC heads to Australia for Fight Night 33. The ‘Hunt’ for ‘Bigfoot’ start now.
Before jumping to the co-main event, we can’t forget the rest of this action packed fight card. We’ve got Pat Barry, Ryan Bader and many more great fighters joining us in Austrailia.
Now, heading to the co-main event of the evening, we’ve got ‘Shogun’ Rua vs. James Te Huna in the Light Heavyweight division. Dana White in a recent interview stated that if ‘Shogun’ is to fall to Te Huna, he’ll be talking to him about retirement. That being said, how could we not expect a whole new pace from former Pride champion, ‘Shogun’. Te Huna always ready and willing to fight a war, that’s exactly what he’ll have to go through for a huge victory this Friday at FN 33.
We now move to our main-event of the evening. The BIG ‘Hunt’ for ‘Bigfoot’.
Mark Hunt, also a former Pride champion who at the start of the UFC was offered a bought out contract to leave and not fight for the organization has truly shown that he belongs. Hunt running on a huge spree of knockout victories was shut down by Junior Dos Santos in his last bout. Now looking to redeem himself, he takes on ‘Bigfoot’ Silva, a literally huge competitor within the Heavyweight division. Silva also is looking to redeem a big loss to current UFC Heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez. Both these warriors come Friday are going to be hungry and looking for a huge finish, moving either of these fighters that much closer to the top.
On November 26th, 2013, Shane del Rosario was hospitalized at the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California in critical condition after suffering from full cardiac arrest after two heart attacks.
Shane del Rosario’s manager, Jason House said in a statement “del Rosario had a catastrophic cardiovascular collapse at home on Tuesday morning.” He was rushed to the hospital in full cardiac arrest. Once there, he was resuscitated in the emergency room back to a stable heart rhythm and blood pressure.
Since this tragic incident happened, Erik Apple, long time training partner of del Rosario said the situation has improved. del Rosario showing positive signs within the hospital.
According to Apple, del Rosario was found at home by by his roommate, Ian McCall. McCall called 911 and administered CPR to del Rosario before he was taken to the hospital. Apple says that del Rosario had no prior health issues with his heart.
…Despite the improvements and positive signs Shane del Rosario was showing in the hospital, Erik Apple said the odds are still stacked against his long time friend. According to his manager, Shane del Rosario passed away on Novemeber 28th, 2013 after being unable to recover from a massive stroke.
Doctor’s are waiting a full 72 hours to pronounce del Rosario officially deceased. (Novemever 29th in the AM).
The doctors have advised his friend and family to say their goodbyes today. (November 28th).
R.I.P Shane del Rosario. Forever UFC family.