Originally posted on hov-mma  |  Last updated 3/3/13
Photo Credit: Cagewall.com After every fight in the UFC it seems the first thought on a fans mind is “What's next for these guys?”. Now that the dust has settled on UFC on Fuel TV 8 from the Saitama super arena in Tokyo Japan let me run you through the matches I would make from the big movers and shakers of this weekends event. Wanderlei Silva v Brian Stann Whenever, hall of violence inductee, Wanderlei Silva fights, one thing is for certain, there will be fireworks and Saturdays war with “All American” Brian Stann did not disappoint. Straight from the gun Stann and Silva stood toe to toe trading vicious blows, rocking one another on numerous occasions. The most damage seemed to be done by Wanderlei who opened a cut on the top of Stann's nose which, by the end of the round, left both men covered in the ex-US marine coprs captain's blood. A certain contender for round of the year was followed by some smart cornering advice from both sides leading to a more aesthetically pleasing technical second round, that is until the 36 year old “Axe Murdered” unleashed a chopping right hand, followed by a left hook which dropped Stann to the floor. Four shots later referee Marc Goddard stepped in and called a halt to the fight, sending the adopted home crowd of Silva into delirious celebrations. Before the fight Wanderlei suggested he might stay in the 205lbs division and Stann conversely stated he would more than likely go back down to his recent home at 185lbs. At this stage of his career Wanderlei isn't looking at winning any titles but there are lots of fun fights that could be made. Another fight with Dan Henderson, a match against the up and coming James Te-Huna or maybe a civil war against a fellow Brazilain Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Shogun Rua or Vitor Belfort. As for Stann a move to middleweight opens many doors for him with guys also coming off of losses. Namely Hector Lombard, Rich Franklin, Mark Munoz and Tim Boetsch, Matches to make after this fight: Wanderlei Silva v Dan Henderson Brian Stann v Hector Lombard Mark Hunt v Stefan Struve There was over thirteen inches of a height difference in this fight with Hollands Stefan Struve dwarfing “The Super Samoan” Mark Hunt but that stood for nothing when this fight ended with Struve laying on the ground with a broken jaw hoping for Herb Dean to step in and end his misery, thankfully he did. I don't think anyone expected the opening two rounds of this fight to go the way they did with long periods on the ground and Hunt on top trying to control the gigantic Struve, a tactic which worked for a time but lead to sweeps from Struve and a surrendering of position. Hunt always looked in trouble when on the bottom but managed to survive the first ten minutes, including a hurried armbar attempt from Struve. Both men looked gassed as the seconds elapsed before the third round and in the end the better striker prevailed as Mark Hunt knocked Stefan Struve out with a leaping left hook after a barrage of concussive shots to the head. Before this fight Struve was ranked at number nine in the official UFC rankings and riding a four fight win streak whereas Hunt was unranked after winning this last three before a year out through injury, both fighters should be around the number ten spot after this fight with many perspective opponents for there next fights already being booked in fights. Matches to make after this fight: Mark Hunt v Winner of Cormier/Mir Stefan Struve v The loser of Overeem/Dos Santos Diego Sanchez v Takanori Gomi As seems to be the standard for MMA events these days this fight ended in a flurry of tweets pretty much consisting of “Robbery”, “Screwjob” and “What fight were the judges watching?”. In reality this fight was pretty close the whole way through and could have gone either way. In the corner of Sanchez after the first round, head coach, Greg Jackson suggested he won the round after securing four takedowns. It's hard to argue with that. It's also hard to argue with those who say Gomi was winning the stand up, because he most definitely was. Now I'm not one to knit-pick a judges decision but rounds two and three were mostly played out on the feet where “The Fireball Kid” was having some great success. That being said, the judges gave Sanchez the split decision victory on his return to the lightweight division. 155lbs is widely regarded as the most stacked division in MMA today so there is no shortage in possible match-ups for these two. Speaking on the FUEL TV post fight show Sanchez said "I want to be the first one to say I beat both the Diaz brothers. I've got the bigger brother on my resume already, so I want to get in there and get the younger brother.” Nate Diaz already has a fight lined up against Josh Thompson at UFC on Fox 7 in just over a month but I don't imagine he will take too kindly to being called out by Sanchez and will be more than willing to fight for his family's honour after his next assignment. Matches to make after this fight: Takanori Gomi v Joe Lauzon Diego Sanchez v Nate Diaz Yushin Omaki v Hector Lombard This fight was billed as thunder versus lighteing and well, Thunder won. When Yushin Okami fights you know what to expect – a relentless wrestler who has cardio for days and in the opening two rounds Lombard played right into the strengths of his opponent. The adopted Australian was tentative with his striking and outmatched on the ground, a surprise considering Lombard is a former Olympian in Judo. Okami looked much the bigger man in the fight and jabbed his way to the first two rounds with ease. In the third round Lombard came out with all guns blazing and had Okami rocked at one stage. The hometown hero held on though and saw out the fight, getting the split decision victory. Lombard is now 1-2 in the UFC after a twenty fight win streak outside of the Octagon and some have suggested he could be cut due to the fact he is on a large salary and the UFC are over manned as it is. I think too much money has been invested in Lombard and he will get another shot. As for Okami he just keeps winning and climbing back up the rankings after a 2011 defeat to long time champion Anderson Silva, a rematch he won't be getting anytime soon. Matches to make after this fight: Hector Lombard v Brian Stann Yushin Okami v Michael Bisping (Win or lose against Belcher) Other matches to make after UFC on FUEL TV 8: Dong Hyun Kim v Robbie Lawler Brad Tavares v Derek Brunson Alex Caceres v Takeya Mizugaki By Sean Sheehan  www.twitter.com@SeanSheehanBA
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