Can Hunt vs. Bigfoot II live up to their first fight?

On Dec. 7, 2013, Mark Hunt and Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva faced off in the main event of UFC Fight Night 33. The bout that many expected to be another exercise in heavyweight futility turned out to be one of the most exciting contests of the year. 

While a majority of the MMA media members tracked by MMADecisions scored the bout for Silva, the judges in Australia declared the bout a majority draw. Judges Barry Foley and Kon Papaioannou had it 47-47, and Charlie Keech had it 48-47 for Hunt.

Screenshot from MMADecisions.com

Screenshot from MMADecisions.com

The StrikeScore numbers also seems to lean in the favor of Silva with a 47-46 scorecard. The system, which judges striking performance only, awards a 10-8 to Silva in round 1 and a 10-8 to Hunt for round 5. (As always, source data from Fight Metric)

Hunt vs. Bigfoot I StrikeScore by Round

Of course, after the fight Silva failed a test for elevated levels of testosterone. The result was changed to a "no contest" on his record and was kept a draw in Hunt's case. Fan expecting another exciting contest should not hold their breath. Neither fighter has performed particularly well since their last encounter.

Hunt aced Roy Nelson with his patented "walk off" knockout to put himself in position for an interim title shot. However, he was then thoroughly dominated by Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic. Miocic actually set the record for most total strikes landed in a UFC fight. Silva has looked like a shell of himself and lost to both Andrei Arlovski and Frank Mir in less than five minutes total. He got back on the winning track against Soa Palelei and posted a 190 StrikeScore in his last fight. However, he struggled through a first round with only four landed significant strikes (per FightMetric) and  a -11 StrikeScore.

Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva StrikeScore since Last Fight