In its two rounds of back-and-forth action, Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann completely redeemed this lackluster card.
Round 1 saw the two combatants exchange heavy leather with each man biting the canvas on occasion.
Round 2 brought more of the same, but Silva landed the finishing blow with a beautiful combination that landed flush on Stann's chin and sent him spiraling to the mat.
A few good-measure bombs later, and Stann was unconscious as Silva basked in the glory of his finest UFC victory to date.
I sincerely hope Silva takes this moment to reflect on his MMA career and understand that he has accomplished nearly all there is to accomplish. He has conquered everything there is to conquer.
His career came full circle in front of the Japanese crowd, and a more perfect ending to such an historic career could not be scripted.
Silva's fists wrote this story's conclusion in Stann's blood, and we were treated to one of the most exciting fights in UFC history for his effort.
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