“I got out of the strategy in the first round a little bit," said Wanderlei Silva of his fight with Brian Stann. "Because he’s a tough guy."
Stann used nearly identical language, in describing a fight that was so wild, either fighter could have taken it at any moment.
"I'm obviously heartbroken," said Stann after the loss. "It was a good, tough fight, and I abandoned my plan a little bit by getting overaggressive.
"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."
"I think maybe I tempted fate a little bit by signing to meet Wanderlei in Japan, and it was just his night. 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."
So now Stann returns to middleweight, and cashing a $50,000 check for being 50% of the Fight of the Night.