On Saturday, March 2, the UFC hosted UFC on Fuel TV 8 from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

In the night’s main event, MMA legend Wanderlei Silva scored a second-round knockout of Brian Stann in a back-and-forth battle.

The MMA Corner’s Aline Baktchejian Djehdian reflects on the event below.

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Those who witnessed the glory years of Pride Fighting Championships, as well as those who fought in the promotion’s ring, certainly remember its resounding success. It was a time and place where the best fighters in the world demonstrated their technical knowledge and skills in martial arts. Those men were idols on a national and global scale.

One of the great names in the history of Pride is that of fighter Wanderlei Silva. Among the legions of MMA fans, the “Axe Murderer’s” style was a sight to behold. With vibrant fights, Wanderlei has always relied on his trademark aggression and knockout power. That aggressive approach came from his background of Muay Thai kickboxing, and he thrilled a generation passionate about martial arts.

In his career, Silva has faced renowned names, including Dan Henderson, Kazushi Sakuraba, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Michael Bisping and Chuck Liddell, among others. He claimed a grand prix victory and championship gold, all while tallying the longest undefeated streak and the most wins in Pride history.

With his return to Japan on Saturday, the “Axe Murderer” entered the Saitama Super Arena, the same arena where he made his biggest and best performances under the Pride banner. And he wrote a new chapter to his legend.

Aggressiveness and motivation in the return to his second home has fostered the spirit of the samurai. What we saw on Saturday was an inspired Silva, waging war as 14,000 people were cheering on one of their biggest idols. “Fight of the Night” and “Knockout of the Night, he promised to accomplish those feats and succeeded.

The fight began with a series of well-placed punches by Brian Stann, but those blows were answered by Wanderlei, even as he was rocked by the former U.S. Marine. Stann could move very well and counter attack. It was an intense struggle. Wanderlei received some hard knocks, but the Brazilian was inspired—the night was his.

In the second round, Stann and Silva hit with a succession of blows. The American fell on the ground, and Silva pounced to bring an end to the fight.

The main event featured two athletes who entered the Octagon without fear of hitting or being hit. They were not afraid to pick a fight that will go down in MMA history as one of the toughest in recent memory. Whether by knockout, submission or decision, when we see a fight like this, we remember why this sport is so fascinating and thrills thousands of fans.

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Quem acompanhava o Pride, certamente se lembra do estrondoso sucesso de público na Arena, era um tempo onde os melhores lutadores do mundo, demonstravam seus conhecimentos técnicos e habilidades nas artes marciais. Eram ídolos nacionais e mundiais.

Um dos grandes nomes da história do Pride, foi o lutador Wanderlei Silva, com seu apelido “Cachorro Louco”, Wand, fazia combates que levantavam o público. Com lutas vibrantes, Wanderlei sempre contou com a sua marca registrada,agressividade e o poder de nocaute. Veio da escola do Muay Thai pela academia Chute Boxe. O Cachorro Louco,emocionou uma geração apaixonada por lutas marciais.

Wanderlei Silva,enfrentou nomes renomados em sua carreira como Dan Henderson, Sakuraba, Rampage Jackson, Michael Bisping, entre outros.

Com seu retorno ao Japão nesse sábado, O “Axe Murderer”, entrou na mesma arena onde realizou suas melhores e maiores apresentações da época do Pride.

Agressividade, motivação, o retorno para a sua segunda casa, fez aflorar o espírito de Samurai, o que vimos no sábado, foi um Cachorro Louco inspirado, sua luta levantou o Saitama Super Arena, foram 14.000 pessoas aplaudindo de pé um de seus maiores ídolos. Luta da noite, nocaute da noite, ele prometeu esse feito e conseguiu cumprir.

A luta começou com uma série de socos bem aplicados por Stann, que logo foram neutralizados por Wanderlei, o lutador conseguiu se movimentar muito bem e assim contra atacar. Foi uma luta intensa. Wanderlei recebeu alguns golpes duros, porém o brasileiro estava inspirado, a noite era dele.

No segundo round, após estudar seu adversário, Wanderlei acertou Stann e com uma sucessão de golpes o americano caiu e no ground and pound a luta foi finalizada.

O main event contou com dois atletas que entraram no octógono sem medo de bater e sem medo de apanhar, um combate que entrará para a história do MMA, como sendo uma dos mais duros dos últimos tempos. MMA é isso, seja por nocaute, finalização ou decisão, quando vemos uma luta como essa   lembramos o porque esse esporte é tão fascinante e emociona milhares de fãs.

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Photo: Wanderlei Silva (Pedro Henrique Enoshita)

About The Author

Aline Bak
Staff Writer, Brazil

A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Aline began watching MMA with her father during the heyday of Pride in the early 2000's. Her passion for the sport soon turned to the UFC not long after. After attending UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro and UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Aline was asked to recount her experience for Tatame—one of Brazil's biggest media outlets—and thus began her writing career. In addition to her work for The MMA Corner, she maintains her own site about MMA.