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| | Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann heads UFC on FUEL TV 8, seven other bouts set
Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann heads UFC on FUEL TV 8, seven other bouts set |
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Dec 12, 2012 at 11:15 pm ET
Former PRIDE middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva (34-12-1 MMA, 4-7 UFC) returns to Japan to face former WEC light heavyweight champ Brian Stann (12-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC).
UFC officials today announced the bout headlines the previously announced UFC on FUEL TV 8 fight card, which takes place March 3 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, just north of Tokyo. Due to the time difference, the card airs live in North America on March 2. The same venue hosted the UFC's most recent trip to the country, UFC 144 this past February.
Silva fights in Japan for the first time since 2006, when he lost via knockout to heavyweight Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic in the semifinals of PRIDE's open weight grand prix. As PRIDE's middleweight champion for more than five years, Silva fought 13 times in Saitama and is still considered one of MMA's biggest global superstars.
Meanwhile, Stann is best known outside of the cage for his work as a member of the U.S. Marines. However he was actually born in Japan on a U.S. military base. In addition to his time as a WEC champion, Stann has also fought 10 times in the UFC and now headlines his first event for the promotion.
In addition to the headlining bout, seven additional contests were confirmed including a previously announced heavyweight matchup between Mark Hunt (8-7 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Stefan Struve (25-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC), who were slated to fight in May on the heavyweights-only UFC 146 main card, but Hunt was forced off the card with a knee injury.
Struve went on to beat replacement Lavar Johnson at UFC 146, and then he headlined UFC on FUEL TV 5 and knocked out Stipe Miocic. The 7-foot Dutchman now has won four straight fights and six of his past seven, all via stoppage and all in the UFC.
Hunt, meanwhile, is in the midst of a career resurgence. Since a six-fight losing skid, which included a series of PRIDE fights and a UFC-debut loss to Sean McCorkle, the New Zealander has posted consecutive UFC wins over Chris Tuchscherer, Ben Rothwell and Cheick Kongo.
Additionally, a batch of new contests announced for the card includes:
LW: Takanori Gomi (34-8 MMA, 3-3 UFC) vs. Diego Sanchez (23-5 MMA, 12-5 UFC)
WW: Dong Hyun Kim 16-2-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) vs. Siyar Bahadurzada (21-4-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
MW:Riki Fukuda (19-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) vs. Brad Tavares (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
LW:Cristiano Marcello (13-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Kazuki Tokudome (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
BW:Takeya Mizugaki (16-7-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) vs. Bryan Caraway (17-5 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
BW: Alex Caceres (8-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) vs. Kyung Ho Kang (11-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
Sick card and a somewhat winnable fight for Wand.
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HW Velasquez Cigano Werdum Cormier Bigfoot Barnett Mir Browne
LHW Jones Machida Evans Hendo Davis Goose Teixeira Shogun Mousasi Bader
MW ASilva Rockhold Belfort Weidman Jacare Okami Kennedy Consta Belcher Boetsch
WW GSP Hendricks Condit MacDonald Diaz Maia Fitch Kampmann Ellenberger Pyle
LW Bendo Alvarez Maynard Melendez Thomson J.Miller Diaz Pettis Chandler Grant dos Anjos
FW Aldo Mendes Curran Lamas Frankie Zombie
BW Cruz Barao Fernandes Faber Moraes
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