Found March 02, 2013 on
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When Darude's "Sandstorm" hits the loud speakers in the Saitama Super Arena tonight, it'll be the first time Wanderlei Silva will be making the walk to trade hands and knees in Japan since 2006.
The signature handroll, the lethal stare down, the infamous muay thai clinch that's victimized many a man... let's face it - everytime "The Axe Murderer" goes to battle it's an event. How good is it to see Silva back where he had his most success headlining another show? So before we see Wand make more history tonight, let's take a walk down memory lane, something we're going to be doing a lot around here in the coming weeks.
If you took the time to Google "greatest one sided rivalries in combat sports history" I'd imagine Wanderlei Silva vs. Kazushi Sakuraba may show up. Well if it didn't before, it certainly will now. The unique theater of the beloved Kazushi Sakuraba mixed with the killer instinct of Wanderlei Silva amidst his 18-fight unbeaten streak was PRIDE at it's finest. Heading into the third contest Wanderlei was already up two to zip on the scoreboard with two TKO finishes over Saku, one by way of a knees and soccer kick combo, the other via doctors stoppage. So what would be on the menu for their third meeting?
The playlist below follows the two living legends backstage, shows us their walk outs - Saku's are always worth a revisit - and of course gives us the fight in it's entirety.
BEST OF MAXIM
Wanderlei Silva (pictured) and Brian Stann promised someone was going to sleep in Saturday night’s main event, and nearly everyone thought it was going to be Silva – including the Gambling Gods, who dubbed Stann a 3-to-1 odds-on favorite.
Entering UFC on FUEL TV 8, Silva had lost seven of his last 10 bouts, four of which resulted in his unconscious state on the canvas. Clearly...
After a rough start to a card that looked like fight porn on paper we all got rewarded with a happy ending. Below you will find tonight's fighter bonuses along with the full 'UFC on Fuel TV 8: Silva vs. Stann' post-fight press conference video stream.
An additional $50,000 a piece was awarded to each of the following fighters for their refusal to underachieve tonight...
Two warriors took to the Octagon last night (March 2, 2013) as Pride legend Wanderlei Silva returned to Japan to take on former WEC light heavyweight champion Brian Stann at 205 pounds in the main event of UFC on Fuel TV 8.
It was a bout between two of the most ferocious and powerful stand-up strikers on the UFC roster, and it delivered in one of the wildest two-round fights in UFC...
After a night of freebie MMA action, UFC President Dana White awarded Brian Stann and Mark Hunt each an additional $50,000 for their performances Saturday at “UFC on FUEL TV: Silva vs. Stann.” Wanderlei Silva (pictured) double-dipped and took home two bonus checks.
After witnessing a fairly unforgettable card, Silva and Stann put on the most thrilling performances of the evening...
"I want to send a message to Wanderlei Silva. Our great champion. Our eternal great champion. I am a huge fan. I wish you all the best in your next fight. Go in there, as always do with your warrior style. Like a beast. Give your best. For sure you will win. Big hug Wandeco!"
Prelims begin at 7:40 p.m. EST online (watch above)
The Main Card airs on Fuel TV at 10 p.m. ET
Alex Caceres vs Kyung Ho Kang
Side kick from Caceres misses. Kang shoots forward and gets the takedown on his opponent. He has side control briefly, but is doing some limited damage in half guard. Caceres uses a slick butterfly guard to get up to his feet, but Kang is...
It looked good on paper. Never judge a book by its cover. Insert another predictable idiom here. After Hyun Gyu Lim made his presence felt it turned out to be a pretty disappointing night in terms of violence. 8 straight decisions ;ater it was up to the big boys to close things out with a bang. Saying they did just fine. would be an understatement. This was one of the exciting closes...
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...
• Preliminary Card (Facebook - 7:30 PM ET)
Welterweight Bout: Hyun Gyu Lim (10-3-1) vs. Marcelo Guimaraes (8-0-1)
Bantamweight Bout: Alex Caceres (8-5) vs. Kyung Ho Kang (11-6)
Lightweight Bout: Cristiano Marcello (13-4) vs. Kazuki Tokudome (11-3-1)
Bantamweight Bout: Bryan Caraway (17-5) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (16-7-2)
Middleweight Bout: Riki Fukuda (19-6) vs. Brad Tavares...
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 [...]