Wanderlei Silva v Rich FranklinIn one of the greatest opening rounds from the past few years, UFC on Fuel 8 headliners Brian Stann and Wanderlei Silva slugged it out from start to finish with each eating a number of stiff shots inducing a few moments where it seemed both were in jeopardy of being knocked out. However, a second stanza ultimately came into play where more of the same took place, at least until Stann was floored then finished in the final minute of the frame.

Stann offered up an assessment of his outing to MMAJunkie after the defeat where he was understandably “heartbroken”, especially in the sense he felt he had the fight in hand before making a critical mistake by changing his strategy midway through the scrap.

“I abandoned my plan a little bit by getting overaggressive,” admitted Stann. “I think the fact that I hurt him early multiple times, it made me get overaggressive, leaving me susceptible to what he’s best at, which is throwing a hard, overhand right.”

The 12-6 Stann also admitted the notion of facing Silva in his familiar stomping ground of Japan at 205 pounds rather than in his regular division (middleweight) may not have been the best plan for his career’s trajectory even if he was proud of having accepted the challenge.

“I think maybe I tempted fate a little bit by signing to meet Wanderlei in Japan, and it was just his night,” said the crestfallen competitor. “My hat’s off to him. He’s one of the greatest fighters, ever, and I’m proud to be a part of his legacy.”