UFC on Fuel TV 8: Five fast fact's you should know for Silva and Stan's collision in Japan
1: The battle between the U.S. Marine and "The Axe Murderer" will headline the UFC on Fuel TV 8 card and will take place this Saturday, March 3rd, from the Saitama Super Arena in Japan, with the main card starting at 10 pm.
2: Both fighters will be returning to light-heavyweight. Wanderlei Silva, who has fought his last 5 fights at either a catchweight or middleweight, will make his return to the 205 lbs division. His last fight in the division came in his KO loss to Rampage Jackson at UFC 92, back in December of 2008. Brian Stann last fought at light-heavyweight UFC 109 in 2010 in a losing effort to Phil Davis. Since transitioning to middleweight, he has fought to a record of 4-2. However, Stann has stated that following this bout he will be returning to 185 lbs.
3: Wanderlei Silva will be returning to the land of Pride, while Stann will be returning to his birth country. It's no secret that Silva has a history in the land of the rising sun, in fact it is here that he adapted his nickname of "The Axe Murderer" by becoming one of MMA's most violent strikers. Silva has actually competed in Japan more than any other country. Of his 48 fights, Silva has fought 28 times in Japan for a record of 22-4-2, with this bout also marking the 13th time he will have fought in the Saitama Super Dome, with his last bout being a loss to Mirko Crop Cop. Stann, who many have come to know as American through and through, will be returning to the country in which first opened his eyes, as he was born in Japan at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo.
4: Both have a high percentage of devestating KOs and TKOs. It's easy to overlook the power of Brian Stann when you pit him against a fighter with such a legendary and beserk fighting style such as Silva. But of his 12 wins, 9 have come by knockout. That's 75%. That's pretty impressive. If you need further evidence, just look at his KOs of Chris Leban and Alessio Sakara. On the other hand, Wanderlei Silva is one of the most prolific destroyers in the history of the sport, just look at the way he crumbled Rampage(twice). Of his 34 wins, 24 have come by way of KO or TKO, for 70 %.
5: Brian Stann has a very solid chin, which may prove to be the difference. The All-American has been finished by knockout only once, back in 2008, when he lost to Steve Cantwell at WEC 35. That stat could prove unfortunate for Silva when you think about how as he has gotten older he has become more prone to being finished. From 1996 to 2005, the Brazilian was only finished twice. From 2006 to present time, Silva has been finished 4 times, and devastatingly at that.
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