Thirty-six-year-old Brazilian, Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1) turned back the clock to knock out “The All American” Brian Stann (12-6) in a “Fight of the Night” performance in the main event at UFC on Fuel TV 8 from the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan.
Both fighters came out without a care in the world as they swung for the fences from the opening bell. Both Stann and Silva were able to rock each other in the opening onslaught, as a cut opened on Stann’s nose, but he was able to rock Silva before catching him low with a kick.
On the restart, Stann backed Silva up, but was caught with an overhand right. Stann tagged Silva, who hit the mat, but was caught almost straight away as Silva returned to his feet sending Stann to the ground with a flurry of punches. Stann fought back and put Silva on his back in the closing stages of the round, peppering Silva with short shots.
Stann started the second frame more conservatively, as he tagged Silva in the early stages, but was caught with a counter shot as he attacked Silva’s leg. Silva landed with a straight right down the pipe, but Stann responded with a big right hand. Late in the round, Stann was caught coming in. Silva dropped him with a right hand followed by an overhand left and after landing ground strikes the fight was waved away at 4:08 of round two.
“I’m so proud. Thanks to Dana White and the UFC for giving me this opportunity to fight here for my brothers,” Silva said post-fight.
Stann was full of respect for Silva, saying as much as it hurt losing he was glad he took the fight.
“I knew what I had to risk when I signed on the dotted line next to that man,” Stann said. “Wanderlei has always been one of my favorite fighters ever. He’s one of the fighters who inspired me to start this sport and I’m very proud to be apart of his career as much as this hurts right now. I’m still proud I put my name on the line and fought him.”
UFC president Dana White awarded both Stann and Silva $50,000 bonuses for Fight of the Night honors, as well as an additional $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus to Silva.
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