The UFC on FUEL TV 8 event from the Saitama Super Arena in Japan came to a conclusion early Sunday Morning when main event participants Wanderlei Silva and Brian Stann stepped into the octagon. Silva is a mixed martial arts legend that was a star in the PRIDE era and Stann is an American war hero and is returning to the country where he was born.
It was a highly anticipated matchup at 205-pounds and a perfect way to end the night of fights. The tone was set perfectly when Silva walked to the cage with his trademark entrance song and the Japanese fans cheering him one for what could be his final bout.
As expected, the two fighters came out swinging with a perfect combination of violence and speed.
Stann and Silva exchanged ridiculous flurries and neither man was ready to back down as they both stood in the pocket in a very fan pleasing affair. This was the kind of fight that was needed in a night that was lackluster before Mark Hunt scored a knockout in the night’s co-main event.
The controlled chaos continued for the duration of the opening frame as the round came to a close with both fighters as a bloody mess. It was a beautiful back and forth battle that was exactly what the Japanese fight fans deserved.
Round two was a bit more calculated as the fighters took time to look for angles and openings instead of swinging wildly like they did in the opening round. While it was a more calculated round, the violence and aggression was still present. The only break in the action came when Stann landed his second low-blow and Silva took the time to readjust his cup — at least I hope that is what he was doing.
Once the action was restarted, Silva landed the devastating fight ending combination that put Stann out. It was a right and left hook that quickly followed each other that ended the night for the All-American.
It was a perfect ending to the night of fights and a special moment for Silva and everyone that watched.