UFC on Fuel 8: Keys to Victory for Wanderlei Silva

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UFC on Fuel 8: Keys to Victory for Wanderlei Silva
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Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva embodies the term "fan-friendly fighter."

He possesses a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but he rarely uses it.

He has an excellent takedown rate of 67 percent inside the Octagon, but you rarely see him try to ground his opponent, either.

Silva fights for the fans before himself, and he frequently abandons any advantage he has in the ground game in favor of a stand-and-bang brawl.

Whether he fights at middleweight or light heavyweight, this tactic serves up mixed results for The Axe Murderer.

He posted one iconic knockout over Keith Jardine at 205, and he also obliterated Cung Le in Round 2 of their UFC 139 affair at 185 pounds.

On the other hand, Silva has been brutally knocked out himself once in each weight class, so it appears that Wandy can traverse weight classes as he pleases, but the results will stay the same.

Such is the double-edged sword of his rock-em-sock-em approach, and with a matchup against notable striker Brian Stann looming at UFC on Fuel TV 8, it would seems fans are in for another classic melee in side the Octagon.

This fight is incredibly dangerous for Silva, but it is also incredibly winnable.

Click on to see what Silva needs to do to top "All-American" in Japan.

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