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Fight fans got goosebumps when they heard a shootout between Brian Stann (Pictured) and Wanderlei Silva would headline the UFC’s return to Japan. However, most were surprised the middleweights were going to collide in a light heavyweight affair.  As far as Stann is concerned, it’s simply a onetime thing because there were no top tier 185-pounders currently available and he needed to go where the fight was. According to Stann, Silva, who has been steadily approaching the end of his illustrious career for the past several years, didn’t want to go through the hell of shedding an additional 10 pounds at this stage of his life. “I am not moving to LHW, just one fight, couldnt find a matchup at 185, everyone is matched up or hurt in top ten & Wand doesnt want to cut,” Stann tweeted early Thursday morning. Prior to transitioning to the middleweight division, both fighters experienced tremendous success at light heavyweight – particularly Silva, whose torrid run in Japan’s Pride FC allowed him to achieve legendary status. Stann is a former WEC 205-pound champ. Silva and Stann headline “UFC on FUEL TV 8” on March 2nd. Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan hosts the festivities.

Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann headlines UFC on FUEL TV 8

The Ultimate Fighting Championships returns to the Saitama Super Arena in Japan for UFC on FUEL TV 8 on Saturday, March 2nd. The event will be headlined by a light heavyweight clash between Brian Stann and Wanderlei Silva. Stann, who has been competing as a middleweight, says the move up a weight class is only temporary due to a lack of available fights at 185lbs. The co-main event...

‘UFC on FUEL TV: Silva vs. Stann′ Fight Card Filling Up Fast

The UFC is wasting no time in filling out the lineup for their return to Japan. Oh, and it’s not just any ordinary roster, it is of the star-studded variety. A light heavyweight shootout between Wanderlei Silva and Brian Stann headlines the freebie fight card. Heavyweights Mark Hunt and Stefan Struve serve as the night’s co-featured attraction. Diego Sanchez returns to the lightweight...

Wanderlei Silva and Brian Stann Headline ‘UFC on FUEL TV 8′

It appears the Octagon’s return to Japan will be of the star-studded variety. Shortly after Diego Sanchez announced he would be fighting Takanori Gomi in the March 2nd event, it was confirmed former Pride FC middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva (Pictured) will headline the show opposite Brian Stann. Both 185-pounders are looking to bounce back from disappointing defeats. Silva...

FutureViolence: UFC on FUEL TV 8: 'The Axe Murderer' vs. 'The All-American'

Next March on Fuel TV, "The Axe Murderer" Wanderlei Silva will compete in Saitama for the first time since being KO'ed by Mirko Cro Cop via head kick at Pride Absolute Conflict. Before that 2006 contest Wanderlei sported a record of 10-2 in Saitama under the PRIDE Banner, where he boasted a 22-4-1 and 1 NC record overall.  Wanderlei will be moving back to the...
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