UFC on Fuel 8 in Japan was an interesting card, hosting a number of contenders. When it was all said and done, $50,000 was handed out to the guys who put out the best fight, knockout and submission.
Headliner Wanderlei Silva doubled up.
As you will see, the fight night bonuses went in favor of the former Pride champion. Here is a recap of the fight night bonuses.
Wanderlei KOs American Hero
Brian Stann and his great military stories looked like they would capture a victory in Japan. Then Wanderlei Silva decided to spoil the party.
A solid combination ended talks of a Stann win and a Silva retirement. The knockout artist stuck to his guns and delivered a devastating KO to a guy many considered a top fighter at 185.
That beauty of a knockout earned the former Pride champ a $50,000 addition to his paycheck. That will be a nice chunk of change to make sure his ax stays on the grinder.
Hunt Shares Honor with "Axe Murderer"
No submissions were had on the Japan card, so Mark Hunt earned "co-Knockout of the Night" honors. The Samoan striker made sure he blasted Dutch giant Stefan Struve with a nasty punch that put the big man to sleep.
Many believed Struve's ground game would overwhelm the Australian transplant, but he survived. Not only did he survive, but dished out a devastating finish that would have had most calling the doctor.
It was a big win for the knockout machine.
Stann and Silva Have Best Fight of the Night
Japan had some solid fights, but none compared to Brian Stann vs. Wanderlei Silva.
Two strikers engaged and one went down. Luckily for Silva, the former Marine was the man hit the mat.
It was a fun fight that reminded fans that Silva is a nasty dude. Even though Stann dominated the first round, his chin could not withstand a Silva flurry.
Even though he lost, Stann got a compensatory check. That's got to heal the wound Silva inflicted.