Wanderlei Silva vs Brian Stann, UFC on Fuel 8, 3 March 2013
Fight of the Night
Wanderlei Silva vs Brian Stann gives Wanderlei the opportunity to return to fight in Saitama, Japan after almost seven years away. Wanderlei’s last fight in Japan was in Pride 33 where he and Dan Henderson gave an incredible performance in Dan Henderson vs Wanderlei Silva II.
This is the arena where Wanderlei built his reputation as the frightening Axe Murderer. This is the country where he ruled as Pride Middleweight Champion. At UFC Fuel 8 Japan, Wanderlei Silva return’s “home” where he finds an incredibly tough and game opponent in Brian Stann.
Brian Stann has established himself as the “American Hero”. Being part of the US military, he was awarded the Silver Star in 2006 for bravery in combat. Brian Stann was the former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion. He defeated Doug Marshall for the title but then quickly lost it to Steve Cantwell five months later. Coming into the UFC with the WEC plus UFC merger, Brian Stann has established himself as a dangerous fighter. He has impressive TKO wins against Chris Leben, Jorge Santiago, and Alessio Sakara. Brian Stann was born in Japan and in some ways is also returning home for his last fight in MMA.
With their explosive fighting styles, aggressiveness, and heart, these fighters give a Fight of the Night performance. However we at Cage Inspiration believe this is an incredibly intense fight and belongs in the Best of the Best MMA Fights!
As Silva walks out into a strobe-light filled Saitama Super Arena to Sandstorm by Darude, a huge smile on his face, the emotion is palpable. Long-time fans burst into tear-filled cheers as they support their hero.
The fight itself is nothing short of incredible with both fighters only moving forward, swinging with heavy hands. Brian Stann retired four months after this fight and Wanderlei was not active for almost a year.
Wanderlei Silva vs Brian Stan full fight video
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