When the UFC returns to Japan for UFC on Fuel TV 8, the promotion won’t only be bringing a Japanese-born American fighter to the Octagon, it will also be bringing one of the biggest stars in Japanese MMA history.

“All-American” Brian Stann, who was born in Tokyo, will jump back up to light heavyweight to face a man in Wanderlei Silva who made his name during the legendary run of Pride Fighting Championships.

This is a really good main event for the UFC’s return to Japan, considering both guys will certainly stand and trade with one another. With Silva, this is a great way to rehash the days of when the legendary fighter was truly feared and earned his moniker “The Axe Murderer.” We have all been waiting to see that Silva inside the Octagon, and perhaps bringing him back to Japan will remind him just how good he was back in the day.

Although this main event isn’t the strongest headlining attraction the UFC has put together, the entertainment value of these two strikers should definitely be something to watch for every fan.

Silva has a slim chance to win this fight against the power of Stann’s hands. It doesn’t always go well for the warrior returning home, but here Silva should definitely be okay upon his return back to Japan. Maybe returning will be enough to reinvigorate him. Or perhaps returning and fighting once again in Japan will be Silva’s swan song prior to hanging up his gloves for good.

The fight is also an intriguing one for Stann.

The former U.S. Marine would be jumping back up to light heavyweight for just this one fight. It does literally nothing for his status at middleweight, where he should be trying to rebound from a loss to Michael Bisping.

It’s hard to understand why he would do it, especially risking upset against Silva, who is past his prime and could ruin Stann’s status at middleweight. It’s a high-risk, low-reward fight proposition for Stann, who doesn’t get much for beating Silva, besides a paycheck and the “Fight of the Night” or “Knockout of the Night” bonuses that should follow this fight.

Although Silva could score the win with just one punch, Stann is definitely the heavy favorite going into this fight. Stann has the striking and has shown in the past that he has some really mean ground-and-pound. Just ask Alessio Sakara, he knows pretty well.

Silva is always a threat on the feet and should put up a fight on the ground. The problem is that his chin has gone the way of the dinosaurs, and that is a huge thing to give up against Stann.

All in all, Silva and Stann are sure to put on a great show and are a good choice for the main event here. It makes sense to headline with a guy the Japanese fans will know and recognize. It gives the crowd a chance for nostalgia, where they can reflect on the glory days of Pride, an era in which Silva was an integral component. And maybe he can pull off the upset. Who knows, this is MMA after all.

Photo: Wanderlei Silva (Daniel Herbertson/Sherdog)

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Sal DeRose
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Sal hails from New Jersey and is currently training for his first MMA fight. He hopes to use his knowledge and insight to generate articles that interest and entertain you. Outside of MMA, Sal is a big fan of every other sport. He's a diehard New York sports fan, with the exception of cheering for the Packers.