Takedowns and Takedown Defense
If Wanderlei Silva were coming into this matchup overly concerned with his standing in the light heavyweight division, he'd probably look to test Brian Stann's takedown defense early and often. However, at this point in his career, Silva is more concerned with putting on a show.
Still, if he needs to, Silva should be able to take Stann down at will.
The Brazilian has a surprisingly high success rate of 67 percent on his takedown attempts, while Stann to the ground on 40 percent of his opponents' takedown attempts.
Control and Escapability
Should this fight go to the ground, Silva will have a significant advantage.
The jiu-jitsu black belt is not far removed from out-grappling Michael Bisping, who recently scored four takedowns against Stann.
If Silva gets the top position in this bout, he should be able to neutralize Stann for the remainder of the round should he choose to do so.
Submissions and Submission Defense
Stann has been submitted twice in his UFC career, while Silva has not been submitted in nearly 50 career fights.
With three submission wins in his long time in this sport, Silva's no submission specialist, but he certainly has a much greater chance of forcing Stann to tap than being forced to tap himself.
Overall Grappling Edge: Silva