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Wanderlei Silva isn't nostalgic about the early, no-holds-barred days of mixed martial arts.
"We didn't have rules, style or anything," the veteran Brazilian fighter told FOXSports.com "Man, you didn't even have any warning on who you were going to fight. I think that's why there were so many jokes made about the sport and the fighters."
There will be much more decorum when Silva enters the Octagon against Brian Stann at UFC on Fuel TV 8 in Japan this weekend with lightly padded gloves -- about the only thing that hasn't changed dramatically since Silva's days as a vale tudo (Portuguese for "anything goes") fighter.
Silva, 36, credits UFC president Dana White, who convinced the casino magnate Fertitta brothers to team up and buy the UFC in 2001, for making the sport not only more professional, but also lucrative.
"There wasn't much benefit for the fighters (financially)," Silva said. "You didn't make mo...
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5'11" 205 lbs (Light Heavyweight)
74" reach, Orthodox
July 3, 1976
34-12-1 (1) (UFC: 4-7)
1 straight loss
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
IVC Light Heavyweight Champion: 1999 (no title defenses)
Pride Middleweight Champion: 2001...
There weren’t too many upsets last Saturday at UFC 157, but don’t fret because the Octagon comes storming back this weekend with another set of investment options.
UFC on FUEL TV 8 features a light heavyweight scrap between Brian Stann (Pictured) and Wanderlei Silva. “The All-American” is pegged as nearly a 2.5-to-1 odds-on favorite to hand Silva his second straight loss...
There have been some interesting theories -- and a few excuses -- why it's taken this long for Brian Stann and Wanderlei Silva to face one another.
The two middlweights who are atop this weekend's UFC on Fuel 8 card in Japan were originally penciled in for UFC 130 in May 2011. The one piece of speculation that Stann never bought was that Silva was scared.
All the fighters slated to participate in tomorrow night’s “UFC on FUEL TV: Silva vs. Stann” event will be tipping the scale today inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The first athlete is scheduled to weigh-in at approximately 11PM ET/8PM PT.
Please click HERE if you would like to stream today’s weight competition.
Middleweight Brian Stann (pictured) makes a one...
This weekend in Saitama, it's time for "The Axe Murderer" to return to the scene of his most famous crimes.
Check out the full episode of Fuel TV 8's in focus below which delves deep into the main event between Wanderlei Silva and "All American" Brian Stann.
The UFC is set to return to Saitama, Japan on Saturday night with a stellar fight card that features a light=heavyweight clash between Brian Stann and PRIDE legend Wanderlei Silva. The UFC on FUEL TV 8 pre-fight press conference took place earlier today and featured most of the combatants on the main card.
Watch the replay of the conference below:
Fresh off the successful debut of Women scrapping inside the UFC octagon, the UFC is bringing another weekend of free fights. The octagon returns to the land of the rising sun for UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann live from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
In the latest episode of the show, Scott Johnson of Kamikaze Overdrive MMA gives his predictions for the upcoming UFC on FUEL TV 8 card. This episode of the show covers predictions for the 6 fights on the UFC on Fuel TV 8: Silva vs Stann main card. Also below the video you can see the [...]
The UFC on FUEL TV 8 fighter weigh-ins have concluded and everyone but Diego Sanchez successfully made weight for the event. The fighter weigh-ins for tomorrow’s UFC on FUEL TV 8 took place tonight at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, the event takes place at the same venue. Main event fighter Wanderlei Silva (34-12-1 MMA, 4-7 UFC) weighed-in [...]
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This is an open letter/article to those who love Pride. The people who got a contact high from the
dramatic pre-show pageantry, the sweet scream of Lenne Hardt and the fist pump
worthy Pride theme song, that blared as the fighters made their way for
introductions before the event even started.
If you stayed up into the wee hours of the night in...