Brian Stann vs. Wanderlei Silva to Headline UFC on Fuel 8 in Japan

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30:  Mixed martial artist Wanderlei Silva arrives at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Japan's next UFC event now has a headlining fight, and it features a man that is no stranger to the Japanese MMA scene.

Pride legend and former Pride champion Wanderlei Silva is set to meet Brian Stann in the main event of UFC on Fuel 8, which takes place on March 2. The news was broken by MMAweekly.com.

Stann is considered to be a top-10 middleweight by most in the MMA community. The former US Marine has found great success since his drop from light heavyweight in 2010.

Stann is 4-2 fighting at 185 pounds. Though he has lost to top middleweights Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping, he submitted Mike Massenzio and knocked out the likes of Chris Leben, Jorge Santiago and Alessio Sakara. 

Meanwhile, Silva is in the twilight of his career. The legendary Pride fighter is coming toward the end of his career, with his aggressive, "throw caution to the wind" style finally catching up with his body.

Since entering the UFC in December of 2007, Silva has gone 3-5. He owns victories over Keith Jardine, Michael Bisping and Cung Le, but has suffered defeats to Chuck Liddell, Quinton Jackson, Chris Leben and Rich Franklin twice. 

This fight figures to feature a stand-and-bang fight with both men throwing bombs. The man who can land the knockout blow on his opponent will ultimately be the winner. 

Silva's chin has deteriorated toward the end of his career, but can still throw bombs. This fight should be interesting and will definitely delight the Japanese crowd and all who watch at home.

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