Fight Destiny – The UFC on Fuel TV 8 Edition Corey Adams March 4, 2013 News Following every UFC and Invicta FC event, The MMA Corner will break down the event and suggest fights the promotion should make in the future. This week, our focus is on UFC on Fuel TV 8: Silva vs. Stann, which took place on March 2 from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Wanderlei Silva vs. Forrest Griffin “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva returned to Japan at UFC on Fuel TV 8 and gave fans the type of performance they are used to seeing from the legend, ending in a knockout of Brian Stann in the second round. The two light heavyweights traded shots until someone fell. It’s difficult to determine the next opponent for Silva due to questions about which weight class he will compete in. Silva had fought at middleweight most recently, but decided to fight Stann in a 205-pound bout. Assuming he decides to continue at light heavyweight, a match-up with The Ultimate Fighter season one winner Forrest Griffin could be a possibility. Griffin was expected to fight Chael Sonnen at UFC 155, but Sonnen was promoted to a coaching gig on The Ultimate Fighter 17. Phil Davis stepped in to replace him, but was then injured, leaving Griffin without an opponent. Since Griffin has been out of action a while, it makes sense for the two to get a date soon. The two fighters will only take spotlight fights, and this would be one of them, between two of the most recognizable names in the UFC. Mark Hunt vs. Roy Nelson In the co-main event of the evening, Mark Hunt delivered a knockout against Stefan Struve in the third round, improving his UFC record to 4-1. Hunt has solidified himself as a top-10 heavyweight in the UFC with four wins in a row and will continue rising up the ranks by defeating fighters such as Struve. The fight most fans want to see next is Hunt against Roy Nelson, and it certainly makes a ton of sense. But first, “Big Country” will need to defeat Cheick Kongo at UFC 159 in April, which is never an easy task. If Nelson wins that fight, Hunt vs. Nelson is a no-brainer fight to make. Both have knockout power that has been on display in their past fights, but it will be interesting to see how Hunt handles a Nelson’s ground game. Diego Sanchez vs. Sam Stout It may have been controversial, but Diego Sanchez, in his return to lightweight, earned a split decision win over Takanori Gomi. One other lightweight who is coming off a close decision win is Sam Stout, and the two could be matched up with each other in their next appearances. It’s difficult to determine where Sanchez places himself back in the 155-pound division with a close win, but it’s probably in the same range where Stout resides. Stylistically, this is a great fight for fans. Both men put on entertaining 15-minute fights, and this would be another even bout. Both men are looking to reach the top tier of the stacked lightweight division, and this would be a big fight to further their standing on the track to accomplishing that goal. Yushin Okami vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza-Costa Philippou winner Middleweight Yushin Okami earned a huge win on Saturday by defeating Hector Lombard, who was considered a top-10 fighter in the division. Okami, who has always been in the mix, is once again close to earning a title shot. But to get there again, he’ll need one, maybe two, more wins. Up next for “Thunder” should be the winner of the bout between Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Costa Philippou, who face off at UFC on FX 8 in May. The only thing that could stand in the way of this possibility is the timing. Since that fight is in May, Okami will have to sit out a bit for a chance to fight the winner. However, it makes a lot of sense when looking at the division. “Jacare” is knocking on the door of top five, and Philippou is on the rise and trying to break into the top 10. Everyone wants to challenge Anderson Silva for the belt, but to get there Okami is the guy to beat. Rani Yahya vs. Nik Lentz Brazilian grappler Rani Yahya continued to impress with his ground work on Saturday by earning a unanimous decision win over UFC newcomer Mizuto Hirota. After going 1-1 in his first two fights inside the Octagon, Yahya has won his last two bouts and is flying under the radar in the division. Another featherweight who has looked solid lately is Nik Lentz, who is also 2-0 in his previous two fights. If all goes well, Yahya vs. Lentz is a fight that could be made in the future. It will be an interesting match-up between a grappler and wrestler, and even though it may not be a star-studded match-up, it will be a solid fight to put on a preliminary card. Dong Hyun Kim vs. Mike Pierce Welterweights kicked off the main card on Fuel TV as Dong Hyun Kim dominated Afghan striker Siyar Bahadurzada to win a clear-cut decision. With two wins under his belt now, Kim is back in the mix of the talented welterweight division. Up next could be a fight against someone like Mike Pierce, who is also arguably a top-15 guy. Pierce has quietly won three straight fights with his dominant wrestling ability. But if matched up with Kim, it would be intriguing to see if he could do the same against someone who has practiced judo his entire life. Kim vs. Pierce makes sense in terms of timing, styles and divisional outlook. Photo: Wanderlei Silva (Taro Irei/Sherdog) Robby Collins Really like Stout vs Sanchez. Actually, all of these sound good. Corey Adams Glad you agree.