(3/3/2013)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Wanderlei Silva - 94.6
2. Rani Yahya - 94.6
3. Mark Hunt - 92.2
4. Dong Hyun Kim - 92.2
5. Mizuto Hirota - 91.6
6. Brian Stann - 91.6
7. Stefan Struve - 90.6
8. Kazuki Tokudome - 90.5
9. Alex Caceres - 90.3
10. Diego Sanchez - 89.6
UFC on Fuel TV 8: Silva vs. Stann
Location: Saitama, Japan
Elevation: 52'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann
94.2
Fighters & Matches 89.5
Top 10 Fighters 91.8
TOTAL 90.7
86.2
KO
(Knee)
9:00
     This was sort of your typical boring undercard fight. The audience was pretty much empty, so all the lights were off in the arena, this felt more like a demonstration sparring match than a fight. After a couple of rounds of basic boxing, Hyun Gyu Lim finally landed a knee on the chin of Guimaraes (most of his knee attempts ended with him being taken to the ground), but this one landed, and Guimaraes fell asleep.
87.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was a pretty decent fight. I gave the first round to Kyung Ho Kang for taking down Caceres and controlling the fight, and the second round I was going to give to him for the same reason, but Caceres turned up the heat some, and I ended up giving the second round to him. The third round was all Caceres, with superior punching, and grappling, and in the end, most of the judges agreed, giving the fight to Alex Caceres.
88.2
Decision
15:00
      Another decent UFC debut for a Japanese fighter, Kazuki Tokudome. He showed some pretty violent striking (and a GREAT chin, because he got hit by some HARD shots). My favorite move he had though, was his body lock takedown, which he executed flawlessly a handful of times, slamming Marcello to the ground repeatedly. Overall, really good showing by Tokudome, and Marcello to have some quality striking skills as well.
88.6
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Well shit, I'm not sure what to think about this fight. The first round was pretty close, I guess the third round went to Mizugaki, but the real highlight was the second round, where Bryan Caraway CRUSHED Mizugaki, rocking him, controlling him with crazy Jiu-Jitsu skills, etc... Ultimately, based on the second round, I gave the fight to Caraway, but the judges disagreed, and gave the fight to Mizugaki via split decision.
86.9
Decision
15:00
      This fight was kind of pointless. A lot of kicking, and a lot of slapping, and a lot of nothing really going on. I gave the first round to Fukuda for tripping Tavares multiple times, but Tavares clearly had the better striking in the final 2 rounds, so I gave the fight to him, along with all of the judges.
91.7
Decision
15:00
      This wasn't exactly a "good" fight, considering the fact that Bahadurzada had absolutely ZERO offense, but it was still a pretty exciting fight. It was basically just a one-sided ass beating, delivered at the hands of Dong Hyun Kim. Dong took Bahadurzada to the ground over and over again, completely dominated him, got the full mount in every round, Dong pounded the shit out of Bahadurzada, and in the end, there was no questioning the fact that Dong was too powerful for Bahadurzada.
94.0
Decision
15:00
      This fight was the shit! Rani Yahya reminded me early on why I've always been a fan, by immediately going for his slick Jiu-Jitsu offense, chaining together all kinds of crazy shit. Yahya completely dominated the first two rounds, and I assumed he would do the same in the third, but apparently Hirota got pissed about being dominated, so he went crazy in the third round, turning up his own offense, even locking on a triangle choke / armbar for a second. This was a pretty amazing fight, and it definitely reminded me of why I miss these fights over in Japan. Excellent fight overall, and congrats to Yahya for the big win!
87.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Well, this fight sucked. Hector Lombard is an explosive badass, SOMETIMES. Tonight was another one of those nights where he basically sleeps through the fight though. Yushin Okami took him down and controlled him for the first two rounds, so I gave those rounds to Okami. Lombard turned up the heat in the third round, swinging wildly for a couple of minutes, and eventually ended up in Okami's guard for the remainder of the fight. It got close there at the end, but ultimately, I gave the fight to Okami, and two of the judges agreed with me.
88.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was one of those fights that SHOULD have been amazing, but it ended up kind of sucking. Takanori Gomi is obviously a huge fan favorite in Japan, so I figured if the fight went to decision, he would get the unfair advantage there, but I guess I was wrong. I gave the first & third rounds to Diego Sanchez, and the second round to Gomi. The judges basically agreed with me, and Diego Sanchez wins via split-decision. Diego fights too much from "inside his own head" or whatever, and he doesn't actually ACT on anything, he just overthinks shit. And Takanori Gomi was over-rated back in the day, and he still isn't all that great. So yeah, I don't know... Sort of a shitty fight I guess.
91.6
TKO
(Punches)
11:44
      Yeah! I love it when these legends from Pride, come back to Japan, and fuck people up. Stefan Struve (as usual) showed a quality ground game, and put Mark Hunt in trouble during both of the first two rounds, several times. Mark Hunt pulled his freight train act though, and just kept coming forward, and eventually plowed Struve's face right off. It was kind of awkward, because in the third round, Hunt punched Struve, Struve fell to the ground (in a knockout sort of way), and Hunt just walked away, and Struve looked up kind of like "So, is it over? Or what are we doing?" And then the referee stopped it. Kind of a weird ending, Hunt should have attacked to finish it off, but still, good win for Hunt, especially considering the fact that Struve was a Top 10 Heavyweight going into this fight.
94.2
KO
(Punches)
9:08
      Like I just said about Mark Hunt, it's awesome for me, to see these old Pride legends destroy guys in Japan, and it doesn't get any better than Wanderlei Silva making his return to Japan, and knocking Brian Stann the fuck out. The first round was one of the best rounds I've ever seen, in terms of nonstop bombs being thrown by both fighters. The second round slowed down a bit, but near the end of the first round, Silva landed a huge punch, knocked Stann on his ass, and pounded his face into a bloody pulp. Wanderlei Silva is still one of my favorite fighters. I don't look forward to seeing him fade out like Chuck Liddell did, but man, if Silva can stay on top of shit like this, I think he MIGHT have one last run for a title left in him. But yeah, badass fight overall.
OVERALL 90.7
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