The UFC on Fuel TV 8 main event between Wanderlei Silva and Brian Stann produced an incredible nine-minutes-and-change of action. After all the bloodshed, wild exchanges and near finishes, it was the legendary Silva whose hand was raised on the strength of a crushing knockout punch.
It was certainly a noteworthy fight. Here's a collection of some of the better notes made about it via the Twitter universe.
Bleacher Report's Damon Martin sounded off on a storybook win for the The Axe Murderer, while also giving props to Stann for putting on half of an amazing contest.
You could not write that story any better. Wanderlei Silva wins by KO in Japan. What a finish. Brian Stann is a tough MOFO #UFC— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) March 3, 2013
UFC president Dana White put in his two cents regarding Silva's performance. I think he was impressed.
Holy shit Wanderlei looked good 2 night!!!!— Dana White (@danawhite) March 3, 2013
Rival MMA promoter Bjorn Rebney of Bellator even acknowledged the match. You know that means it had to be special.
Wow, that was an insane, spectacular thing of beauty @wandfc. What a great, great fight by a great warrior.— Bjorn Rebney (@BjornRebney) March 3, 2013
Canadian middleweight Patrick Cote expressed his glee of seeing the legendary Silva prove that he's still got some fight left in him. It's hard to argue with his statement.
impossible to not be happy for WAND !!! #legend— patrick cote (@patrick_cote) March 3, 2013
British middleweight Michael Bisping, however, is looking at the other side of the story. The Brian Stann side of it. Yes, it was an epic fight and Cinderella moment for Silva, but it was also a devastating loss for Stann.
Gutted for Brian stann.— michael (@bisping) March 3, 2013
Bleacher Report's Jeremy Botter is looking ahead to what's next for Silva. Is an impending showdown between Brazilian comrades likely?
I said it in my "fights to make" story, but I want to see Silva vs. Rua next. Don't know if they'd do it, but I'd like to see it anyway.— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) March 3, 2013
Or, could Silva use the opportunity to go out on top, as B/R's McKinley Noble recommends?
Silva's future might not shape up until after the dust settles, but for now he can simply enjoy his most epic victory as a UFC fighter.
It will be interesting to see the picture the UFC on Fuel 8 fallout paints. Check out Bleacher Report's post-fight coverage for analysis on how it will all play out.