Power Ranking UFC on Fuel 8's Main Card Fights

Anthony FuscoCorrespondent IIIFebruary 26, 2013

Power Ranking UFC on Fuel 8's Main Card Fights

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    UFC on Fuel 8 will be coming to us live from the Land of the Rising Sun. The main card will feature many memorable and exciting fighters who will try to get a win and advance themselves up the ladder of their division.

    There will be a pair of tough heavyweights in Mark Hunt and Stefan Struve as well as Brian Stann, Diego Sanchez, Wanderlei Silva and many more.

    All of the main card fighters are looking to put on a show and win their fight in impressive fashion. There are six main card bouts announced for this upcoming event.

    Without further ado, let's rank every fight on the main card.

6. Mizuto Hirota vs. Rani Yahya

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    Mizuto Hirota came over to the UFC when Strikeforce folded.

    Hirota will be making his UFC debut in the featherweight division against dangerous grappler Rani Yahya.

    Hirota will be looking to stay on his feet for this fight. He has only been submitted once but shouldn't want to play with fire against Yahya.

    Yahya's bread and butter is his submissions. He has 15 out of his 17 total wins coming by some form of submission.

    This fight will all depend on where the fight goes. If Yahya secures the takedown, this fight could be over very quickly.

5. Dong Hyun Kim vs. Siyar Bahadurzada

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    Moving into some welterweight action, we have Dong Hyun Kim taking on Siyar Bahadurzada.

    This is an intriguing fight for a few reasons.

    Kim has shown that his fighting style is built largely on taking his opponents down and controlling them. He put on a grappling clinic in his last fight against Paulo Thiago. Kim was able to effortlessly control the Brazilian for all three rounds.

    Bahadurzada, on the other hand, has some serious power for Kim to worry about. When Bahadurzada fought Thiago in his only UFC bout to date, it resulted in a knockout win less than a minute in.

    If Kim races in and tries to land the takedown, Bahadurzada could counter with knockout straights or uppercuts.

    This fight could end with a knockout or it could be a grinding decision. Time will tell.

4. Hector Lombard vs. Yushin Okami

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    Yushin Okami is currently on a two-fight winning streak with wins over Buddy Roberts and Alan Belcher.

    Lombard also got back to his winning ways with a knockout on Rousimar Palhares the last time out.

    This fight has the potential to be exactly like the fight between Kim and Bahadurzada.

    Okami knows that Lombard has heavy hands. He will be looking to utilize his wrestling to nullify the power of the stocky middleweight.

    Lombard will want to counter and avoid the takedown attempts of Okami. He should come out aggressively and push the pace by backing up Okami with big shots.

    This fight definitely has some exciting potential.

3. Diego Sanchez vs. Takanori Gomi

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    Two of the most dynamic and exciting lightweights will face off as Diego Sanchez is welcomed back to 155 pounds by the "Fireball Kid" Takanori Gomi.

    Both of these fighters love to engage in a good back-and-forth slugfest. They relish the chance to stand in the center of the Octagon and trade huge punches, much to the delight of fans.

    Gomi has some solid knockout power in his fists. Sanchez has a granite chin and a never-say-die attitude.

    If there is ever a fight to not blink while watching, this is it.

2. Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve

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    The co-main event of the night brings us a clash of heavyweights who want to continue their winning streaks.

    Mark Hunt will be looking to stand and trade with the younger fighter. Hunt has elite kickboxing skills and is aiming to test Struve's chin.

    Struve, on the other hand, will be looking to take this fight to the mat where his long limbs will make it possible to lock up a fight-ending submission.

    This is a solid co-main event fight between some exciting heavyweights. You can rarely go wrong with heavyweight fighters, and the UFC nailed this matchup.

1. Brian Stann vs. Wanderlei Silva

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    The main event of the evening will feature a clash between Brain Stann and Wanderlei Silva at 205 pounds.

    Silva is a legend in Japan for his absolute domination when he fought in Pride. He fought in Japan from 1999 to 2006.

    He hasn't fought in Japan since 2006 and bringing him back should lead to a huge boost for the Brazilian.

    Stann will be looking to spoil Silva's return and get back on the winning path himself. He lost to Michael Bisping last time out.

    Both fighters have knockout power and are as tough as they come. Their fight will simply be a treat to watch. The UFC scored big with this as the main event.

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