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Silva provided the Japanese fans with a performance worthy of
Pride Fighting Championships heyday.
Silva knocked out former World Extreme Cagefighting champion
Stann with a violent volley of power punches in the second
round of their
UFC on Fuel TV 8 headliner on Saturday at the Saitama Super
Arena in Saitama, Japan. Stann (12-6, 6-5 UFC) was left unconscious
4:08 into round two, stopped on strikes for just the second time in
“I’m so proud. Thanks to the UFC for giving me this wonderful
opportunity to fight for my brothers here in Japan. I’m proud to
fight for you,” Silva said. “I’m so happy that the game plan
worked, and I’m glad to [get a win] back here in my home -- in
The two light heavyweights left nothing in reserve. Wild flurries
marked the first round, as Stann and Silva teed off on one another
in furious exchanges. The American seemed to have the upper hand
more often than not but retreated to his corner with blood pouring
from a nasty gash on the bridge of his nose.
The pace expectedly slowed in round two. With roughly a minute
remaining in the period, Silva connected with a vicious two-punch
combination that sent his dazed opponent to the canvas. Thudding
right hands followed, bringing about another signature finish for
the Brazilian legend.
“I knew what I had to risk when I signed on the dotted line next to
that man fighting here in Japan,” Stann said. “Wanderlei has always
been one of my favorite fighters ever. He’s one of the fighters who
inspired me to start in this sport, and I’m very proud to have been
a part of his career -- as much as this hurts right now, because my
heart is broken.”
Hunt Left Hook Wipes Out Struve
In the co-main event, 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix winner Mark Hunt
knocked out Stefan
Struve with a left hook 1:44 into the third round of their
pivotal heavyweight battle. Once an afterthought in MMA circles,
Hunt (9-7, 4-1) has quietly rattled off four wins in a row.
The bout unfolded as most expected: Hunt was in control on the
feet, while Struve took command on the ground. The towering
Dutchman mounted Hunt in the first and second rounds and tried to
finish it on multiple occasions, unleashing his ground-and-pound
and fishing for an armbar and a foot lock. Those efforts went
Fatigue had zapped both men by the time they reached the third
round. Hunt let his hands fly, drilling Struve with a series of
heavy shots before sealing the deal with a clean left to the jaw.
Referee Herb Dean moved
in for a closer look at the still-conscious but dazed Struve (25-6,
9-4 UFC) and elected to call for the stoppage.
Sanchez Edges Gomi, Notches Split Verdict
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 1 winner Diego
Sanchez made a triumphant return to the lightweight division,
as he eked out a split decision over former Pride Fighting
Championships titleholder Takanori
Gomi. All three judges cast 29-28 scorecards, two of them in
favor of Sanchez (24-5, 13-5 UFC).
Sanchez, who entered the bout two pounds overweight, set the tone
from the start. He struck for three takedowns in the first round
and attacked Gomi (34-9, 3-4 UFC) with a well-disguised kneebar.
The Japanese star bounced back in round two, where he found a home
for his jab, fired away with punches to the body and kept the
notoriously aggressive Sanchez off-balance with stance
The third round was difficult to call, as Gomi again shut down his
opponent’s takedown game but failed to deliver much of consequence
in the standup. Sanchez flurried in the closing seconds, perhaps
swaying the judges to his side. The defeat halted Gomi’s two-fight
Okami Neutralizes, Outduels Lombard
Okami put two rounds in the bank and then held on against
former Bellator MMA champion Hector
Lombard, walking away with a split decision in a pivotal battle
at 185 pounds. All three cageside judges scored it 29-28, two of
them siding with Okami (29-7, 13-4 UFC).
Okami neutralized Lombard’s explosive punching power with
takedowns, a jackhammer jab and the occasional left cross. The
31-year-old judoka did his best work in the second round, where he
tagged Lombard with jabs, struck for a takedown and eventually
mounted the American Top Team standout.
Perhaps sensing his situation was dire, Lombard (32-4-1, 1-2 UFC)
threw caution to the wind in round three. There, he wobbled Okami
with a left hook and swarmed for an attempted finish. However, the
crafty Okami lured him into his guard, regained his wits and bled
precious time off the clock.
Yahya Spoils Hirota’s Octagon Debut
Constrictor Team representative Rani Yahya
overwhelmed former Sengoku champion Mizuto
Hirota with his otherworldly grappling skills, as he captured a
unanimous verdict in a featured featherweight scrap. All three
judges scored it 29-28 for Yahya (18-7, 3-1 UFC).
A 2007 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World
Championships gold medalist, Yahya was dogged in his pursuit of the
takedown. He grounded Hirota (14-6-1, 0-1 UFC) in all three rounds
and mounted him in the second, where he came close to finishing the
Japanese wrestler with an arm-triangle choke. However, Yahya bailed
on the choke in favor of ground-and-pound, allowing Hirota to reach
Hirota exploited the fatiguing Brazilian over the final five
minutes, as he threatened with an armbar and put his punches
together in combination for the first time. Still, the hole proved
too deep, and Yahya rode the scorecards to his third win in four
Kim Dominates Bahadurzada, Settles for Decision
Takedowns, superior positional grappling and heavy ground-and-pound
spurred Dong Hyun
Kim to a one-sided unanimous decision over Siyar
Bahadurzada in a welterweight showcase. Kim (17-2-1, 8-2 UFC)
swept the scorecards by matching 30-27 marks, as he won for the
sixth time in eight outings.
Bahadurzada (21-5-1, 1-1 UFC) did almost nothing of note
offensively. Kim struck for takedowns and mounted the gifted Afghan
striker in all three rounds, clubbing him with punches, elbows and
double hammerfists from the top. The South Korean judoka went for
the finish in the third round, where he worked for an arm-triangle
choke, but ultimately settled for the decision.
The defeat was Bahadurzada’s first since November 2008, snapping a
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