Wanderlei Silva stunned the bookmakers in his return to Japan, turning out a vintage knockout over the favored Brian Stann in the main event of UFC on Fuel TV 8.

Prior to the bout, many pundits predicted that “The Axe Murderer” might have been facing his final in-cage appearance. A winner in just three of his previous 10 fights, Silva appeared to be tailor-made to fall at the hands of the hard-punching Stann. Instead, the Brazilian turned back the clock at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, stopping Stann with a second-round explosion of violence.

“I don’t know what happens here in Japan, man. The fans just give me a lot of energy,” Silva told Fox Sports following his victory. “I’m so happy to make all my fans around the world happy. That’s why I fight. I fight for you. I’m here because of you and my God, so thanks for the great support.”

Though Silva would seal the deal in second round, his chances at victory were touch-and-go at best in the opening frame, as both men hit the canvas in a wild first five minutes.

“I got out of the strategy in the first round a little bit, because he’s a tough guy. He was so close to beating me,” Silva said. “After I finished the first round, my coach told me to [throw] the right hand, and it happened.”

Silva’s right clipped Stann perfectly as the American lunged forward, taking away his balance and creating an opening for “The Axe Murderer” to land a glancing left that sent Stann reeling to the canvas. From there, the outcome was elementary, as Silva struck his wounded opponent with four violent right hooks to the head, relieving him of his consciousness and securing Silva his first victory on Japanese soil since July 2006.

“He’s a tough guy; Brian Stann is a great opponent. I’m so happy to fight a guy like him and to just make a fight like that,” Silva said of the hard-fought contest. “I’m there to fight. I’m not there to run. I love to fight with guys like that. Thanks so much to Brian Stann for fighting me.”

Though Silva ruled the Pride Fighting Championships’ 205-pound division for more than five years, the 36-year-old has more recently competed at 185 pounds with the exception of tonight’s light heavyweight showdown with Stann. While Silva looked sharp in his return to his former weight class, it is currently unclear whether the 16-year pro will remain a UFC light heavyweight.

“This was a special fight,” said Silva. “The guys at light heavyweight are so big. I don’t know what is going to happen next.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC Halifax Q&A with Brian Stann, Sergio Pettis and Michael Chiesa Replay | MMAWeekly.com

  • 6 days ago
  • 4 views

Former fighter turned broadcaster Brian Stann, flyweight contender Sergio Pettis, and lightweight contender Michael Chiesa fielded questions from the fans. read news >>

Watch the UFC Halifax Q&A Featuring Ben Rothwell and Brian Stann at 3 PM ET | MMAWeekly.com

  • 6 days ago
  • 8 views

Prior to the ceremonial UFC Fight Night Halifax weigh-in, watch the event's Q&A featuring Ben Rothwell and Brian Stann streaming live from Canada at 3 p.m. ET. read news >>

Watch the UFC Halifax Weigh-In Live at 4 PM ET | MMAWeekly.com

  • 6 days ago
  • 12 views

Watch the UFC Fight Night Halifax ceremonial weigh-in on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET live from Halifax World Trade Convention Centre in Halifax, Canada. read news >>

Small-town Gavin Tucker aims to make a name for himself at UFC Fight Night 105

  • 6 days ago
  • 10 views

HALIFAX – Several years ago when featherweight Gavin Tucker moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, he felt like a kid in the big city.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2387 with Bas Rutten and Rob Cardenas

  • 6 days ago
  • 7 views

Stream or download Friday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Bas Rutten and Rob Cardenas.Filed under: News, Radio, UFC read news >>

For Aiemann Zahabi, a family name brings big expectations in UFC debut

  • 6 days ago
  • 25 views

The younger brother of noted MMA trainer Firas Zahabi enters the UFC with an undefeated record and some high expectations. But it’s not always easy to be the lone member of the family defending the n read news >>

Travis Browne Plans to Start Title Run Starting with Derrick Lewis (UFC Halifax Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 6 days ago
  • 6 views

Ninth-ranked heavyweight Travis Browne is ready to get back to his winning ways at UFC Halifax, but he has to go through eighth-ranked Derrick Lewis. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 105's Reginaldo Vieira believes he can still go far

  • 6 days ago
  • 3 views

Mixed martial artists tend to not get better as they get older. It’s just how things work. But don’t tell that to Reginaldo Vieira.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Did You Score Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson's First Bout a Draw? (UFC 209 Free Fight) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 6 days ago
  • 7 views

Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thomson first met at UFC 205 in a Fight of the Night which ended in a majority draw. They meet again to settle the score at UFC 209. read news >>

Fight Night Halifax: Weigh-in results

  • 6 days ago
  • 2 views

UFC Fight Night Halifax, which is headlined by the five-round heavyweight bout between Derrick Lewis and Travis Browne, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Canada on Sund read news >>