The ring may have been an eight-sided cage and Bruce Buffer’s voice was booming over the loudspeakers rather than Lenne Hardt’s, but high-level MMA was back in Japan tonight with the UFC playing the role of beloved promotion PRIDE by providing fans with a slew of solid scraps including a good number involving regional favorites. Unfolding in Saitama Super Arena, UFC on Fuel 8 featured Brazilian bomber Wanderlei Silva battling Brian Stann in the headliner with other notable match-ups including Siyar Bahadurzada-Dong Hyun Kim, Mark Hunt–Stefan Struve, Yushin Okami-Hector Lombard, and Diego Sanchez-Takanori Gomi.
The showdown between Silva-Stann was be contested at 205 pounds and had the potential to go five frames, though any fan familiar with either fighter knew the likelihood of a decision determining the winner was slim at best. Entering the affair Silva had stopped 27 of the 34 opponents he’s beaten, while Stann’s finishing rate was equally respectable at 10 out of 12.
The two powerful pugilists turned in an instant classic with a first frame worth watching any day of the week. When the dust settled, Silva emerged with his hand raised after dropping Stan in the second stanza and sealing the deal with a few stiff blows on the ground.
Meanwhile, Hunt took Struve out with strikes in the fourth round of their rumble, while Okami, Kim, and Sanchez all scored decision wins.
Read below for a full list of winners/losers:
Hyun Gyu Lim def. Marcelo Guimaraes via Knockout Round 2 (Knee)
Alex Caceres def. Kyung Ho Kang via Split Decision
Kazuki Tokudome def. Cristiano Marcello via Unanimous Decision
Takeya Mizugaki def. Bryan Caraway via Split Decision
Brad Tavares def. Riki Fukuda via Unanimous Decision
Dong Hyun Kim def. Siyar Bahadurzada via Unanimous Decision
Rani Yahya def. Mizuto Hirota via Unanimous Decision
Yushin Okami def. Hector Lombard via Split Decision
Diego Sanchez def. Takanori Gomi via Split Decision
Mark Hunt def. Stefan Struve via TKO Round 3 (Strikes)
Wanderlei Silva def. Brian Stann via Knockout Round 2 (Strikes)