Power Ranking the UFC on Fuel 8 Main-Card Fights
The UFC returned to Japan Saturday night, promising a night of exciting fight. In this reporter's eyes, said card delivered.
Contenders such as Brian Stann, Yushin Okami and Hector Lombard all threw down on the card. The result of this card definitely cleared up any discrepancies in these divisions that had contenders on this card.
Here is a power ranking of the main card held on Fuel TV in Japan.
Dong Hyun Kim Def. Siyar Bahadurzada
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The fight between Dong Hyun Kim and Siyar Bahadurzada pretty much went as thought. Kim took down Bahadurzada, smothered him and didn't let him get started.
At points in the fight, it looked like the Afghani would get his feet under him, but the judo ace from South Korea imposed his game plan instead. What followed was a decent fight that could have been so much more.
Kim now becomes a top welterweight in the UFC. Unfortunately for him, he has a long line in front of him for the title.
Yushin Okami Def. Hector Lombard
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Yushin Okami came out the victory Saturday night. That didn't come after an interesting affair with Hector Lombard.
Okami used his ground game to stifle the former Bellator champion. It was a fight many anticipated to be great, but was okay at most
The wrestle-fest was a good time for those who enjoy grappling fests, but it failed to entertain the average joe.
Diego Sanchez Def. Takanori Gomi
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This fight was expected to be the Fight of the Year. That did not happen.
Diego Sanchez walked away with the win, but he did not gain a huge amount of fanfare in the process. Most, like myself, figured his fight with Takanori Gomi would be an all-time classic, but if failed to deliver.
Maybe the recent cuts from the company kept him from his normal excitingness. Either way, this fight was way under expectations.
Rani Yahya Def. Mizuto Hirota
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Mizuto Hirota is a tough cat. However, that personal quality did not win him the fight against Rani Yahya.
Although the fight was good, Hirota was on the receiving end of a loss in his home country. It will likely be his last fight under the UFC banner unless Dana White and the crew decide to give him another chance.
It was a fun fight that had scrambles galore and some interesting grappling.
Mark Hunt Def. Stefan Struve
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The feel-good story continues.
Mark Hunt did what he does best: knock people out.
"The Super Samoan" looked decent at best in his latest encounter with Stefan Stuve, but he knocked him next week into Tuesday.
Hunt is a knockout artists who needs to be feared. Saturday's performance definitely attests to that, as he blasted the Dutch giant into another realm.
Wanderlei Silva Def. Brian Stann
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It may not have been the greatest fight of all time, but the result was unexpected.
Wanderlei Sila knocked out Brian Stann in a fight many thought the American Marine would win. It was a result that sent shockwaves through the MMA community.
Don't count a dude out until the referee deems him that way.