Found March 03, 2013 on
Not unlike singer/songwriter/actor Tom Waits - Wanderlei Silva is big in Japan. After a six year absence from the world famous Saitama Super Arena, "The Axe Murderer" would return to turn back the clock, and oh did he ever. It was one of those magical nights in MMA history.
Wanderlei Silva and Brian Stann were a match made in hell. The end result saw both men receiving a fight of the night bonus and one of the most beloved figures of our sport living to fight another day in the UFC. Let's break it down.
Both men touched each other with 43 significant strikes a piece. Stann hit Silva 57% of the time he intended to while Silva came in at 52%. Both impressive. Wand went for two take downs in the fight after feeling Stann's power but was unable to complete either of them. He recovered well though, well enough to land two knockdowns to Stann's one. Which leads us to -
Wanderlei Silva improves to 35-12-1 after his KO of the night performance over Brian Stann. It was a right hook from Silva that knocked Stann down followed by a left and a few more to the side of the head that forced Stann to take one of the shortest naps of his life. The whole first round was just a monster flurry - a "Sandstorm." The two men showed a little more respect in the 2nd until Wand was able to land the finishing strikes of the fight. Stann falls to 12-6 which puts him on a two fight losing skid for the first time since since the WEC light heavyweight and middleweight divisions were eliminated and Captain Stann was transferred. The finish came at the 4:08 marker of the second round. The fight may have lasted just under ten minutes but we were given enough action in this fight alone to trump everything that happened inside of the cage before it.
I'd like to see Wanderlei stay at light heavyweight after this performance. He's not going on a title run anytime soon at 185 so why bother cutting all of that weight this late in his career. Plus, he just looks better at 205. How does a match up between Wanderlei Silva and Forrest Griffin sound to you guys? Two of the biggest stars in the history of the sport closer to the end than the beginning who still love to stand and bang. If there was ever a fight for the fans this would be the one. If Silva does decide to go back down to middleweight a fight against the winner of Belcher vs. Bisping would make sense. If Bisping wins I know he would love a rematch against Wanderlei. He's been public about it and he feels like he was robbed by the judges in their first fight back at UFC 110. If Belcher wins I'm sure he'd love to test himself against the legend, who wouldn't? For Stann this fight at 205 was one shot. He got his wish to spend sometime inside of the Octagon with Wanderlei and he should have no shame in the final result. Silva and Stann delivered the best fight of 2013 so far, and somewhere down the line I wouldn't even mind seeing a sequel. But for now, it's time for Stann to head back to middleweight. There he should take on Strikeforce import and fellow American hero Tim Kennedy. No brainer. Video Highlights: Video: Highlights: UFC on Fuel 8: Silva - Stann
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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...
Maybe one of the best fights i’ve seen in a minute, more UFC guys need these two’s mentality heading into the octagon.
Silva and Stann (HARLEM SHAKE)
War Wandy KO’s Brian Stann GIF
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...
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...
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...
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...
It’s a must you click play on the youtube video and watch “Wandy” go to work.
Silva and Stann (HARLEM SHAKE)
War Wandy KO’s Brian Stann GIF
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 [...]
"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!"
Last night’s first round will go down as one of the best rounds ever. It was just awesome to see Wandy win big in Japan again. Brian Stann was a willing participant in this battle and cordial in defeat. Awesome, awesome fight.
Wandy KO Of Stann GIF
Mark Hunt KO Of Struve GIF
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...