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Wanderlei Silva returns to the site of many of his most famous victories when he headlines at the Saitama Super Arena one more time to face Brian Stann for UFC Japan 2013 on March 3, UFC officials announced Wednesday.
The show, which will be promoted in the U.S. as UFC on Fuel 8, takes place in the morning in Japan, and air in prime time on Fuel in the United States on March 2. It will be the UFC's second event in the arena that housed some of the biggest shows of the Pride Fighting Championships. The UFC, in its first show back in Japan in more than a decade, sold out the arena on Feb. 26 with 21,000 fans.
Silva (34-12-1, 1 no contest) performed in front of numerous sold-out crowds in that arena. As Pride's middleweight (205-pound weight class in Japan at the time) champion from 2001 to 2007, he made himself a star in that building with two of his three wins over Kazushi Sakuraba, then Japan's most popular mixed martial arts fighter. Silva also defeated names like Guy Mezger, Dan Henderson, Kiyoshi Tamura, Rampage Jackson, Kazuyuki Fujita and Ricardo Arona in the arena.
Another former Pride favorite, Takanori Gomi (34-8, 1 no contest), who was the company's star lightweight in the glory days, will face Diego Sanchez (23-5), who returns after a one-year layoff, moving back down from welterweight.
Other matches announced were former Japanese pro and college wrestler Riki Fukuda (19-6) vs. Brad Tavares (9-1) in a middleweight bout; Takeya Mizugaki (16-7-2) vs. Bryan Caraway (17-5) in a bantamweight fight; Dong Hyun Kim (16-2-1, 1 no contest) vs. Siyar Bahadurzada (21-4-1) in a welterweight fight; Kyung Ho Kang of South Korea (11-6) vs. Alex Caceres (8-5) at bantamweight; and Japan's Kazuki Tokudome (11-3) makes his UFC debut against Brazil's Cristiano Marcello (13-4) in a lightweight bout.