UFC on FUEL TV 8 takes place this evening at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva reached iconic status during his days fighting in Pride FC in Japan and will look to reclaim some of that glory tonight as he faces war veteran and former WEC light heavyweight champ Brian Stann in the main event.
UFC on FUEL TV 8′s co-main event will feature an interesting heavyweight match-up between the giant 7-foot tall Stefan Struve and 5-foot-10-inch Mark Hunt. It’s an important fight for Struve and Hunt, who are both on win streaks and closing in on title shot contention. The contrast of their fighting styles, age and size, combined with Hunt’s completely unlikely career turnaround, make it an intriguing bout.
UFC on FUEL TV 8′s first preliminary card fight kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m PT on Facebook, moving the the main card on Fuel TV starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. As always, ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) has you covered with LIVE results and play-by-play commentary of each fight.
NOTE: Stick around after the fights tonight to watch the live stream of the UFC on FUEL TV 8 post-fight press conference.
UFC on FUEL TV 8 quick results:
MAIN CARD (FUEL TV, 10 p.m. ET)
- Light Heavyweight: Wanderlei Silva def. Brian Stann by knockout (punches) Rd 2 (4:08)
- Heavyweight: Mark Hunt def. Stefan Struve by TKO (punches) Rd 3 (1:44)
- Lightweight: Diego Sanchez def. Takanori Gomi by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Middleweight: Yushin Okami def. Hector Lombard by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Featherweight: Rani Yahya def. Mizuto Hirota by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Welterweight: Dong Hyun Kim def. Siyar Bahadurzada by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 7:30 p.m. ET)
- Middleweight: Brad Tavares def. Riki Fukuda by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Bantamweight: Takeya Mizugaki def. Bryan Caraway by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Lightweight:Kazuki Tokudome def. Cristiano Marcello by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Bantamweight: Alex Caceres def. Kyung Ho Kang by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Welterweight: Hyun Gu Lim def. Marcelo Guimares by knockout (strikes) Rd 1 (4:00)
UFC on FUEL TV 8 play-by-play:
Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
Round 1 – The Korean Hyun Gyu Lin has a 6-inch reach advantage and a 3-inch height advantage. Referee is Thomas Fan. Touch gloves. Leg kick Lim. Guimares shoots, stuffed. Leg kick from Guimares, counter right from Lim. Nice right from Lim, then a knee to the body as he shrugs off another takedown attempt. They trade leg kicks. Nice jab from Lim. Nice right snaps Guimares’ head back. Guimares with a leg kick, eats an uppercut, he shoots, stuffed. Overhand right, jab from Lim. Guimares with his own uppercut, left jab. Leg kick. Jab from Lim, shoves off a takedown attempt, one two punch. Overhand right from Guimares, Lim eats it. Nice right to the body from Lim. Leg kick Guimares. Uppercut to the body from Lim. Inside leg kick from Guimares. Lim with two leg kicks of his own. He stops another takedown. Leg kick from both. Jumping knee from Lim, Guimares catches him for the takedown. Times up. PMN sees it 10-9 Lim.
Round 2 – Touch gloves, leg kick inside, then outside from Lim. Inside. Jab from Lim. Inside leg kick from Guimares. Lands a left hand. Side kick from Guimares knocks Lim back. Guimares lands a stiff jab. Overhand right from Guimares. Leg kick Lim. Lim stuffs a shot lands a nice knee as Guimares shoots. Front kick, leg kick from Guimares. Jab. Body shot, left from Lim. Leg kick Guimares. Body kick Guimares, then gets a takedown as Lim gets a bit too aggressive. Guimares in half guard, but Lim scrambles to his feet. Guimares still clinched up, Lim escapes to the center. Jab from Guimares. Leg kick. Left jab, nice overhand right, jab, jab. Guimares finding success with his jab, but Lim times a perfect step in knee as Guimares ducked down and Guimares goes down. Lim lands a follow up right hand to the chin and Guimares is out. Beautiful. I like this Lim.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Hyun Gu Lim def. Marcelo Guimares by knockout (strikes) Rd 1 (4:00)
Alex Caceres vs. Kyung Ho Kang
Round 1 – Bruce Leeroy comes out dancing looking like blackbelt Jones with a black gi and a Japanese head band on. Like Lim, Kang is another Korean making his UFC debut on this card. Touch gloves. Leg kick from Alex, body lock from Kang, he puts Alex on his back after a bit of a struggle. Kang postures up with punches, kicks Alex’s thigh, moves into side control. Nice couple elbows from Kang as Alex explodes to his feet, smiling. Inside leg kick from Kang, he gets a big slam but Alex already trying to lock a leg up in the air. Kang escapes, now in half guard looking to pass. Full guard now. Kang postures up with an elbow, Alex grabs his arm for an armbar attempt, Kang escapes to the feet, Kang goes for a takedown, Alex reverses and ends up on top. Kang gets up and takes Alex back down, Alex sweeps him with a butterfly guard. Kang uses an omoplata to get up. Side kick to thigh from Alex. High kick, checked. Right from Alex staggers him for a second. Switch kick from Alex scores to the head. Big right hand from Kang backs Alex up. PMN sees it 10-9 Kang.
Round 2 -Touch gloves, side kick from Alex. Takedown from Kang, on top in half guard. Body shots from Alex. Kang tries to pass, but Alex recovers full guard. Alex gets to his feet. Body kick from Kang. Great movement from Alex, stuffs a takedown, turns Kang to the cage. Kang goes for a takedown, Alex ends up on top. Kang gets to his knees. Alex goes for his back as they roll and Kang ends up on top inside full guard. He stacks Alex, who recovers full guard. Kang tries to take his back, Alex reverses, stacks him and moves to mount, knee to belly now as Kang defends. Alex landing shots from the top. Kang gets to his feet, clinched, Kang gets a body lock takedown, lands in side control. Alex tries to get up but Kang flattens him out inside full guard. PMN sees it 10-9 for Kang, and his wrestling is making the difference in this fight.
Round 3 – Short right from Alex, jab, body kick, Kang catches it, sweeps the back leg but Alex ends up on top as they go to the ground. Scramble and Alex locks on a guillotine, Alex lets it go and drops some elbows from the top. Kang tries to get up as Alex pushes his head down. Kang forces his way up, eats a knee but still is able to put Alex on his back. Kang inside full guard, postures up, Alex tries to kick him off, goes for a triangle, then gets to his feet and takes top position in Kang’s guard. Kang gives up his back, rolls, Alex maintains top control. Alex moves to full mount, goes for a triangle, loses it. Up kick from Kang as Alex hovers over him. Alex fires punches before the bell. PMN sees the round 10-9 Alex, and the fight 29-28 for Kang.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Alex Caceres def. Kyung Ho Kang by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Cristiano Marcello vs. Kazuki Tokudome
Round 1 – Touch gloves. Leg kick from Tokudome. Again. Knee to the body, but eats two right hands, clinch and knees from Marcello, right hand, another right hand. Inside leg kick from Tokudome. Tokudome standing firm. Right from Marcello on the chin. High kick from Marcello, slips to the ground, Tokudome lays inside his full guard, lands a few punches as Marcello raises u and pulls Tokudome’s head to him, holding the back of his neck. Marcello goes for am armbar, eats a nice left as Tokudome escapes. Upkick scores for Marcello. Marcello looking for a leg lock, Tokudome escapes back to full guard. Lands a few punches before the bell. PMN sees it 10-9 Tokudome.
Round 2 – Marcello rushes in with punches but gets put on his back, Tokudome inside full guard. Tokudome lands some left hands as he postures up. Marcello holding the back of Tokudome’s neck. Tokudome tries to pass, but Marcello maintains full guard. Ref stands them up. Body shot from Tokudome. Marcello rushes in swinging, almost eats a knee as Marcello gets the takedown. Tokudome gets to his feet as Marcello tries to put him back down. They square up. Marcello comes in swinging wildly and slowly. Misses. Right hand from Marcello. Nice one two one and a knee to the body from Tokudome. PMN sees it 10-9 Tokudome.
Round 3 – Nice overhand right from Marcello but Tokudome fires back and drops Marcello, he rushes in for the kill, stacking him with punches. Marcello grabs hold of him and gets half guard from the bottom. Now full guard with Tokudome on to working the ground and pound. Tokudome stacks him but Marcello escapes to his feet. Leg kick Tokudome. Body kick Marcello. Leg kick Tokudome, overhand right from Marcello, leg kick. Jumping knee, left hand from Tokudome. Marcello gets a body lock from the back. Tokudome turns around. Knee to body from Marcello, Tokudome hits a body lock takedown with 40 seconds left. Tokudome stacks him with punches. Now inside full guard. Upkick from Marcello as Tokudome postures up. PMN sees it 10-9 and 30-27 for Tokudome.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Kazuki Tokudome def. Cristiano Marcello by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Bryan Caraway vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Round 1 – Touch gloves. Caraway lands a left hook after missing a couple. Leg kick Mizugaki. Caraway rushes in with a right, misses, leg kick after faking a left. Clinch, pushes Mizugaki to the cage. Struggle in the clinch, Caraway tries to drop levels, Mizugaki defends and ends up on top of Caraway. He gets right up, but Mizugaki goes for a choke as it goes back down. Right back up, left hook to body from Mizugaki. Left hook from Caraway. Another one, again, then scores a takedown but Mizugaki gets right up. Left to body, right hook from Mizugaki. Leg kick, jab. Right hook. Nice exchange. Quick right hand from Mizugaki on the counter. Right from Mizugaki. Dirty boxing uppercuts from Caraway, shoots, stuffed. Knee from Mizugaki, left hook. Caraway shoots, scoops the double leg, goes for Mizugaki’s back, hooks in with 10 seconds left. PMN sees it 10-9 Caraway.
Round 2 – Touch gloves. Left hook Mizugaki, leg kick, right hand. Leg kick from Caraway. Right counter from Mizugaki. Uppercut from Caraway. Big left hook to the body from Mizugaki. Right from Caraway, he shoots for the single, now a double, goes for Mizugaki’s back as the fence saves him. Mizugaki gets to his feet after defending the takedown. They square up. Left to the body from Mizugaki, then a left hook. Jab from Caraway then a left wild hook. Mizugaki runs into a right hand that drops Mizugaki. Caraway jumps on a guillotine, super tight as Mizugaki squirms and bucks. Caraway lets go and jumps on his back with a body triangle looking for the choke. Mizugaki tries to turn around to top position, Caraway turns him over and lands on top in half guard with 20 seconds left, he drops an elbow. PMN sees it 10-9 Caraway. Big round for him.
Round 3 – Touch gloves. Leg kick Mizugaki. Right from Mizugaki. Nice left to body right hook to the chin. Big left hook drops Caraway, he gets up and shakes it off. Left hook from Mizugaki. Now a big left uppercut snaps Caraway’s head back. Caraway shoots, stuffed. Another leaping in left hook from Mizugaki scores. Nice uppercuts inside from Carway from the dirty boxing. Left hook from Mizugaki, Caraway clinches, right from Mizugaki. Caraway drops levels but can’t get it, knee from Mizugaki with 90 seconds left. Caraway pressing him to the cage. Dirty boxing from both guys. Caraway drops levels really looking for the takedown. Eats a few elbows. Caraway with a nice right on the break. Big left hook from Mizugaki. Nice right from Caraway and one more left hook from Mizugaki before the bell. Great fight. PMN sees it 10-9 for Mizugaki, 29-28 for Caraway.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Takeya Mizugaki def. Bryan Caraway by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Mizugaki drops to the ground and is balling, crying so much he can’t even talk after the fight. He is so overwhelmed and emotional. Beautiful. The crowd loves it.
Riki Fukuda vs. Brad Tavares
Round 1 – Leg kick Fukuda. Inside now. Leg kick Tavares. Fukuda catches Tavares with a left that puts him down as he throws a kick, He gets right back up though. Right hand from Tavares. Fukuda catches a kick and takes Tavares down. Tavares looks for a triangle, lets it go and stands. Leg kick Tavares, right hand. A little dirty boxing. Leg kick Fukuda, right hand from Tavares. Fukuda with a leg kick. Again. Leg kick Fukuda. Right hook Fukuda. Leg kick Tavares. High kick, partially blocked. Right hand from Tavares. Right jab from Fukuda, right from Tavares. Left jab Tavares. Body kick from Tavares, Fukuda catches it, sweeps him, he gets right up. Right counter from Tavares. PMN sees it 10-9 Tavares.
Round 2 – Leg kick Tavares, inside. Left from Fukuda, clinch against the cage. Underhooks from Fukuda pushes Tavares to the cage. These fans are not quiet, forget that myth. Right to body from Tavares. Left counter Tavares. Leg kick. Double left jab from Tavares. Fukuda’s face is busted up. Nice jab from Tavares. Again. Leg kick inside. Nice uppercut from Tavares. Left hook from Tavares. Left jab. Jab. Right hand. Body kick from Fukuda. Looks like Fukuda’s left hand is hurt. He’s not using it. Left from Fukuda. Right jab. Left hand. PMN has it 10-9 Tavares.
Round 3 – Jon Fitch in Fukuda’s corner. Left from Fukuda. Leg kick from Tavares. Right from Fukuda. Nice left from Fukuda. Clinch, dirty boxing, Tavares shoves him off, landing a one two. Body kick, left hand from Fukuda. He slips to the ground, gets right up. Body kick from Fukuda. Getting tired. 2 minutes to go. Leg kick Fukuda. Uppercut. Tavares slowing down. Left from Tavares, he lands a right. Front kick. Right from Tavares, again. Right, body kick. Body kick. PMN sees it 10-9 Fukuda, 29-28 Tavares. Fukuda’s corner telling him he won.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Brad Tavares def. Riki Fukuda by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Round 1 – No touch of gloves, front kick from Kim. Kim clinches, Siyar throws him off. Siyar landed a right that caught Kim coming in on that clinch. Head kick from Kim blocked. Head kick from Kim lands and Siyar sweeps him down. Back up. Siyar looking to land the big right hand. Left hand from Kim, clinch, drops levels for a single leg and puts Siyar on his back, mounts easily. Kim softening him up with punches to the side of the head. Siyar holding on. Ref wants him to work, he’s in full mount landing punches so not sure what he wants. He keeps telling him to work and he’s landing numerous elbows. Big elbow now. Siyar gives up his back, stands with Kim hanging on with a body triangle. They drop to the ground as time ends. PMN has it 10-9 Kim.
Round 2 – Siyar wings a couple punches that miss. Body kick Kim, shoots, stuffed, shoots again, stuffed, Siyar swings, misses, KIm shoots again and gets him this time, landing in side control. I was surprised so many people were picking Siyar in this match to be honest. Even the oddsmakers had him the favorite. Kim landing shots from side control, looking for the mount. Siyar turtles up, punch underneath on the chin for Kim. Kim takes full mount now landing punches to the side of the head. Postures up with an elbow as Siyar just holds on. Herb Dean is telling him to “work”. WTF? He’s in MOUNT landing elbows and punches. Looks like Kim looks in Siyar’s eyes and says something to him. Siyar hits him and Kim goes back to dropping elbows and punches. This ground and pound continues until the bell. PMN sees it 10-9 Kim.
Round 3 – Two right hands from Siyar, front kick from Kim, then the shot and puts Siyar on his back, landing in side control. Kim moves to mount once again. Kim looking for a head and arm choke. Knee on belly, knee to the body with his other knee, all the time holding the choke. Siyar seems to be defending well. Body shots from Kim, goes back to the choke, lets it go and moves to mount. Body shots from Kim, he postures up and talks to Siyar, dropping elbows, dropped a double elbow. Never seen that before. Kim gives Siyar his head to hit, then unleashes a flurry, big elbow. Kim playing to the crowd now. Siyar works to escape but Kim instantly regains side control, stands over Siyar as the bell sounds. PMN sees it 10-9 and 30-27 for KIm.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Dong Hyun Kim def. Siyar Bahadurzada by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mizuto Hirota vs. Rani Yahya
Round 1 – Marc Goddard is the ref. No glove touch. Overhand right from Yahya. Shoots, gets the single, but Hirota doesn’t go down completely, scramble, Yahya goes for an arm, back to the feet, Yahya pulls guard, half guard to be exact. Yahya sweeps and ends up on top inside half guard. Yahya maintains top control, looking to try and set up a kimura. Trying to soften Hirota up to get it. Side control. Now takes Hirota’s back in a scramble. PMN has it 10-9 Yahya.
Round 2 – Overhand right from Yahya lands behind the head. Hirota pushes him to the cage. Hirota swings big and misses as Yahya shoots under and gets the takedown. Yahya locks up an arm triangle from the mount, now moves to side control, the cage is in the way and seems to be preventing him from tightening it completely. Hirota survives and Yahya lets it go and is now in Hirota’s full guard landing punches and hammerfists. Yahya moves to half guard and winds out the round on top. PMN has it 10-9 Yahya.
Round 3 – Yahya shoots, stuffed this time, back to the feet. Might be getting tired. Nice right from Yahya. Shoots, Hirota shrugs him off. Yahya shoots, sprawl from Hirota. He stands up. Stuffs another takedown. Yahya shoots again, gets a single this time. But Hirota ends up on top for a moment, Yahya sweeps but gets caught in a triangle, then a straight armbar. Yahya escapes and takes Hirota’s back but falls off, he stays on top of Hirota though as it goes to the ground. They remain clinched, stand, Hirota takes Yahya down and has top control in half guard. Hammerfists from Hirota. He lets Yahya up then runs at him with a flying knee that misses. Yahya shoots, stuffed, eats several punches. Yahya stands now as Hirota chases him down with punches before the bell. PMN has it 10-9 Hirota and 29-28 for Yahya.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Rani Yahya def. Mizuto Hirota by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Hector Lombard vs. Yushin Okami
Round 1 – Hopefully we can get a finish here. Six decisions in a row can make for a long night and carpal tunnel. Lombard stalking. Leg kick Okami. Right hook from Lombard. Okami catches a leg kick and puts Lombard on his back. Lombard explodes to his feet with that low center of gravity, that was beautiful. Leg kick Okami. Okami looks huge compared to Lombard. Body kick from Okami, right jab. Nice right left from Lombard. Okami ducks under, gets the takedown, now on top in half guard. Okami puts him against the cage. LOmbard explodes to his feet, Okami holding him against the cage. Knee to the body. Lombard turns him around. Body shot from Lombard. Knee from Okami. PMN has it 10-9 Okami.
Round 2 – Jab from Okami. Nice knee up the center. Lombard standing straight up, very stiff. Jab from Olami. Leg kick from both. One two from Okami. Nice jab fro Okami. Leg kick Lombard. Okami finding success with that lengthy jab keeping Lombard at bay. Nice left from Okami. Jab from Okami, one two. Body shot from Lombard. Right hand. Okami shoots, gets Lombard on his back, now on top in half guard. Nice ground and pound from Okami as he stays heavy on Lombard. One minute to go. Okami trying to pass. Full mount from Okami. He postures up with a big elbow that just misses. PMN has it 10-9 Okami.
Round 3 – Lombard comes out swinging, head hunting. Lands a left, he hurts Okami with a couple big shots. Now a right. Okami ducks his head into the punches. Knee from Okami as he takes shots to the body. Okami shoots, stuffed and Lombard now on top in half guard. Lombard did exactly what he had to do, that was impressive. Okami holding on, trying to get up now with a single leg. Lombard rides his back, landing some hammerfists. Scramble, Lombard now back on top inside full guard. Lombard stands, Okami stands, clinched, body shot from Lombard. Okami shoots, stuffed, pulls guard. Okami grabs a single from bottom trying to reverse. Now a body lock with 30 seconds to go. Now recovers full guard. Okami controls him until the bell. PMN has it 10-9 for Lombard and 29-28 for Okami.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Yushin Okami def. Hector Lombard by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Takanori Gomi vs. Diego Sanchez
Round 1 – Gomi coming forward. Leg kick from Diego. Right counter from Gomi. Right from Diego. Gomi stalking. Overhand right from Gomi after taking a kick to the groin. Diego with a takedown, stacks him. Gomi gets right up though. Leg kick from Diego. Body shot from Diego. Body kick. Jab from Gomi. Front kick. Left hook from Gomi and a knee as Diego eats it and puts him on his back. Diego goes for a knee bar. Gomi explodes back to his feet. Jab from Gomi. Big body shot, jab stops the advance of Diego. Body kick from Gomi. Leg kick Gomi, Diego catches it and dumps him before the bell. Close round, I’ll give it to Diego 10-9.
Round 2 – Body shot from Gomi, jab. Jab. He backs Diego up. Diego shoots, stuffed. Diego breathing hard. Body shot from Gomi. Ref warns Diego for his kicks to the groin. Body kick from Diego. Left to the chin from Gomi. Leg kick Diego. Right from Diego. Leg kick Diego. Right hook from Diego. Jab from Diego, jab from Gomi at same time. Body kick from Diego. Big leg kick from Gomi, again. Right from Diego as he fades away. Right from Gomi. Right. Diego shoots, stuffed. Body kick from Gomi. Body kick from Diego. Again. Nice flurry from Gomi and Diego lands a counter. Body shot from Diego. PMN has it 10-9 Diego.
Round 3 – Diego runs to the center. Eats a couple jabs. Leg kick Gomi. Nice jab from Diego. Side kick to the leg. Right from Gomi. Right counter from Gomi. Body kick from Diego. Body shot from Gomi. Body kick from Diego. He shoots, stuffed. Gomi ducks under a kick, Diego falls but gets right up. Body shot from Gomi. Leg kick from Diego. Leg kick Gomi. Diego clinches, Gomi throws him off. Body kick from Diego. Jab from Gomi, Diego goes after him with big punches to the face trying to put him away, tags him before the bell. PMN has it 10-9 and 30-27 for Diego.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Diego Sanchez def. Takanori Gomi by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
By the way, I had picked Gomi to win that fight. Seems a lot of people thought Gomi won. I would have been more than happy to give it to him, but didn’t see it.
Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve
Round 1 – Hunt lands a left hand, a leg kick, right to the body. Big leg kick. Front kick from Struve. Body shot. Clinch, Struve pulls guard. Struve sweeps him with butterflies and lands in full mount. Hunt gets to half guard. Struve to mount, lands some big punches as Hunt tries to cover up. Hunt gives up his back and Struve goes for an armbar. Hunt escapes and is now on top. Struve with butterfly guard and holding Hunt’s arm. Big right from Hunt. Hunt with a right as he postures up. Struve with an active guard looking for anything. Hunt gets side control, lands a coupe punches before the bell. PMN has it 10-9 for Hunt.
Round 2 – Struve not using a jab at all and gets tagged with a big left hook. Jab from Struve, left hand from Hunt, body shot. Lef hook from Hunt, straight left. Big left from Hunt, body shot, then a right. Front kick from Struve, body kick. Big double jab and a right from Hunt, he eats a big shot from Struve. Big body shot from Hunt. Struve clinches and Hunt sweeps him for the takedown. Hunt tries to stand up but Struve pulls him back down, goes for a leg, he escapes that but Struve pulls him back inside his guard. Hunt passes to side control. Stands up, Struve gets the takedown and lands in full mount with a minute to go. Struve unloading punches as Hunt flails. Struve goes for an armbar and loses it and now Hunt is on top inside guard. Elbows from Struve off his back. PMN has it 10-9 for Hunt. He’s breathing VERY hard.
Round 3 – Touch gloves. Jab from Struve. Body shot from Hunt, big left to the chin from Hunt. Leg kick Struve. Jab. Jab from Hunt. Nice jab from Struve, again. Big one two from Hunt. Head kick from Struve right on the chin. They’re exhausted. One two from Hunt, big right hand. Struve puts his chin out there and Hunt gives him a big right, then a left hook that puts him down and it’s over. Crazy fight! I’m just glad we got a finish. Got scared there for a minute.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Mark Hunt def. Stefan Struve by TKO (punches) Rd 3 (1:44)
Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann
Round 1 – Wanderlei looks so relaxed. And happy. He looks bigger than Stann. Thicker. Stann stalking. He backs Silva up to the cage and they unload, Stann slips to the ground, he’s up. They hold the back of each other’s head and unload punches like Frye and Takayama. Silva goes dow but immediately gets up. They square up. Wand tells him to come on and they unload in a flurry of pain. Stann looks demented. Pure fury. Silva takes a low blow and time is called. Stann’s nose is cut and bleeding. They square up. Jab from Silva, again. Leg kick from Stann, big right from Silva to counter. Jab from Silva. Leg kick Stann. Silva playing the counter game. Leg kick from Stann. Nice body head combo from Stann. Silva fires back with a combo and Stann goes down. He gets up though and gets Silva on his back. Not sure if it was a punch or a hurricane that just whipped through the arena. I don’t know who to give that round too. The Fans are 10 fighters-8.
Round 2 – This crowd is going nuts. Stann smiles. Stann goes to stalking. They both land rights. Wand seems to catch him with counters every time. Leg kick Stann. Body jab from Silva. Leg kick Stann. Jab Silva. Leg kick inside from Stann. Jab from Silva. Right from Stann. Leg kick from Stann goes high and lands right in the groin. Time called. Leg kick Stann. Leg kick. Right counter from Silva, jab. Nice right from Stann. That first round may be the best round of MMA I’ve ever seen. One of the top 3 most violent that’s for sure. Leg kick from Silva. Stann walks into a right hand, he follows it up with a left and some ground shots and Brian Stann goes out cold. OMG!! Wand takes a bow to the crowd. HISTORY! Nothing could be more beautiful than Wandy winning right here in Japan at this point in his career with a KO against a guy like Stann.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Wanderlei Silva def. Brian Stann by knockout (punches) Rd 2 (4:08)