UFC on Fuel 8 Wrap Up : Wanderlei Silva Does Not Disappoint in Return to Japan
posted Mar 03 2013, 10:41PM
posted in UFC/MMA, Analysis

Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva was a legend in Japan while fighting for Pride FC and he was back in his element during UFC on Fuel 8 this past weekend.

The Brazilian Silva (35-12-1) finished Brian “The All-American” Stann (12-6) with a barrage of vicious punches in round two of the Light Heavyweight bout.

The first round was action packed with both fighters landing several solid combinations as they unleashed vicious flurries during their exchanges. Stann was the aggressor in round one and took the action to Silva, but both fighters landed their fair share of punches. Stann was bleeding substantially as the first round ended due to a cut on the bridge of his nose, but I still felt he had done enough to win the round.

Round two saw the action slow down a bit as both fighters tried to recuperate from the previous round and feel each other out, more so than in round one; however, as the round was drawing to a close Silva dropped Stann with a solid combination. As Stann was on the ground, Silva finished the fight after connecting on a few more powerful rights, which ended the fight and Stann’s night.

The Axe Murderer’s impressive KO secured Fight of the Night and Co-Knockout of the Night honors, while enabling the fans at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan to get one more glimpse of the former PRIDE legend.

Hunt’s Power Too Much for Struve and his Jaw

The co-main event of the night, pinned Heavyweights Mark Hunt against Stefan “The Skyscraper” Struve. Struve dominated action on the ground and Hunt controlled the standup through much of the match, but in the end Hunt (9-7) was able to utilize his incredible punching power to end the fight with a devastating left hook that sent the 7’ Dutchman reeling to the canvas.

Struve (25-6) was close to finishing the fight on several occasions while on the ground. He was able to mount Hunt and used his ground and pound to punish Hunt. He also attempted a couple submissions, but was unsuccessful in his attempts to finish the big Samoan.

Struve proved throughout the fight that he has a hell of a jaw, but ultimately it was no match for Hunt’s power. Hunt won Co-Knockout of the Night Honors (since no one was submitted on the card) and broke Struve’s jaw all at once.

Sanchez Earns Split Decision Victory Over Gomi

Lightweight Diego Sanchez (24-5) earned a split decision victory over Takanori Gomi (34-9). Sanchez missed weight for this contest, which cost him 20% of his winnings, but he didn’t let that stop him from fighting like his pesky self.

He took it to Gomi in round one pushing the pace utilizing his and taking Gomi down seemingly at will. Gomi was able to adapt in round two and halted the aggressive Sanchez by peppering him with jabs and body shots. Round three was closely contested with neither fighter asserting dominance.

Gomi did a much better job defending Sanchez’s takedown attempts in rounds two and three, but unfortuantly for him the judges did not feel as if he had shown enough as Sanchez earned a split decision victory (29-28 by all three judges).

Okami Too Much for Lombard

The Middleweight bout between Yushin Okami (29-7) and Hector Lombard (32-4-1) was not the most entertaining fight of the night. Okami won a split decision, but the fight left much to be desired from UFC fans.

Lombard was very passive during the first two rounds and allowed Okami to use his reach to keep him at bay. Lombard finally asserted himself in round three, and was able to hurt Okami, but he wasn’t able to take advantage of his weakened opponent. In the end, Okami was able to do enough to earn the decision.

This is Lombard’s third fight in the UFC and he has not done much to warrant his current salary. As a fan of the UFC and MMA I expected much more from Lombard when I heard of his signing to the UFC. It makes me wonder if Lombard’s days in the UFC are numbered after yet another poor performance.

Yahya Outlasts Hirota

Rani Yahya (18-7) dominated Mizuto Hirota (14-6-1) through two rounds of this featherweight bout. Yahya’s ground game was too much for Hirota to handle and was able to outgrapple Hirota, but the last round was a much different story.

Yahya was gassed heading into round three and Hirota tried to take advantage. Hirota took the round, but unfortuantly the dominance displayed by Yahya through the first two rounds was too mch for Hirota to overcome.

Yahya won a uniamous decision with all three judges scoring the fight 29-28.

Kim Dominates Bahadurzada

Dong Hyun Kim (17-2-1) dominated Siyar Bahadurzada (21-5-1) in the night’s premier Welterweight fight winning a unanimous decision. All three judges scored the fight 30-27.

Kim’s grappling was too much for Bahadurzada throughout the bout. Bahadurzada was outmatched and outclassed on the ground. Kim realized this early in the fight, and was able to take Bahadurzada down at will, which is where the majority of the fight took place. Kim controlled the match in one of the more lopsided contests of the night.

Undercard:

Brad Tavares def. Riki Fukuda (unanimous decision)

Takeya Mizugaki def. Bryan Caraway (split decision)

Kazuki Tokudome def. Cristiano Marcello (unanimous decision)

Alex Caceres def. Kyung Ho Kang (split decision)

Hyun Gyu Lim def. Marcelo Guimaraes (TKO, round two)

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