UFC on Fuel TV 8: Live Reaction for Every Fight

Nathan McCarter@McCarterNFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2013

UFC on Fuel TV 8: Live Reaction for Every Fight

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    UFC on Fuel 8 is here with a light heavyweight main-event clash between Wanderlei Silva and Brian Stann.

    This is the UFC's first time back in Japan since UFC 144 in February of 2012. The Octagon is once again set up in the Saitama Super Arena. It is one of the most classic MMA venues. Stick around Bleacher Report for live reactions for every fight.

    Quick Results

    Wanderlei Silva defeats Brian Stann by knockout at 4:08 in the second round

    Mark Hunt defeats Stefan Struve by TKO at 1:44 of the third round

    Diego Sanchez defeats Takanori Gomi by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

    Yushin Okami defeats Hector Lombard by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

    Rani Yahya defeats Mizuto Hirota by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

    Dong Hyun Kim defeats Siyar Bahadurzada by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

    Brad Tavares defeats Riki Fukuda by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

    Takeya Mizugaki defeats Bryan Caraway by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

    Kazuki Tokudome defeats Cristiano Marcello by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

    Alex Caceres defeats Kyung Ho Kang by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

    Hyun Gyu Lim defeats Marcelo Guimaraes by knockout at 4:00 of the second round

Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann

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    Round 1

    Stann charges in, and Silva exchanges with him. Silva lands a knee from the clinches. They exchange again! Silva drops! Clinched against the fence again. Silva calls Stann forward. SLUGFEST! Silva gets dropped again, but he pops up and clinches with Stann. They separate. A low blow halts the violence. Action is back underway. Stann is busted open on his nose. Silva snaps a jab off. Silva counters off a Stann leg kick. Leg kick by Stann. They mix it up again, and Silva gets rocked! Stann drops! Silva is hurt! Stann takes him down! What a wild exchange! Blood is everywhere. Stann is leaking.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Stann.

    Round 2

    Silva connects with a right. The opening minute has been a bit more reserved, but I don't expect that to last. Low leg kick by Stann. Silva takes another kick to the junk. Here we go again. Stann with another leg kick. Silva lands a straight right. Silva catches Stann! He shuts off the lights on the ground!

    Silva defeats Stann by knockout at 4:08 of the second round.

    Find this fight. Watch this fight. WOW!

Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve

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    Round 1

    Hunt jumps in with a shot to the body, and bounces back outside. Big leg kick by Hunt. And another. Hunt wings a few shots that miss. Straight right to Struve's midsection. Struve pulls guard. Struve sweeps into full mount. Struve throws some ground and pound. Heavy volume. Struve is going for an armlock, but Hunt survives and is on top. Hunt tags Struve with a right on the mat. Hunt is in side control.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Hunt.

    Round 2

    Hunt lands a left hook. Hunt is laughing now. Struve hits Hunt with a jab. Struve is standing with Hunt, and that is not a good idea. A right gets past Struve's guard. Hunt with a combination. Hunt goes to the body. Quick left hook by Hunt. Hunt sweeps Struve off his feet. Struve goes for a leg. Hunt is back in Struve's guard. Sloppy work by Struve who should have a massive advantage on the ground. Hunt passes to side control. Struve should be ashamed. Struve gets to full mount, and Struve is reigning down punches. Struve goes for an armbar, but he didn't have it secured at all and Hunt is out easily. This is sloppy.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Hunt.

    Round 3

    Hunt with a good left to the body. Hunt lands another big hook. Left jab nails Struve. Struve lands a jab. Hunt lands a combination. Head kick from Struve lands, but it was just his foot. Hunt lands another left hook. Hunt lands again. Hunt knocks Struve out!

    Hunt defeats Struve by TKO at 1:44 of the third round

    Struve was atrocious. He let Hunt pass his guard, went for a sloppy armbar when he had mount and was reigning down shots. Absolutely terrible stuff from Struve. Awful. It cannot be overstated.

Takanori Gomi vs. Diego Sanchez

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    Round 1

    Sanchez throws a body kick, and Gomi tries to level him with a right but misses. Gomi wants to turn this in to a brawl to use his power. Sanchez is being more measured against Gomi. Brief stop in the fight for a low blow. Sanchez takes Gomi down off the re-start. Gomi right back to his feet. Sanchez lands a body kick. Gomi throws a knee as Sanchez moves in, and takes him down. Sanchez goes for a kneebar, but Gomi gets out. Back to their feet they go. Gomi lands a shot to the body. Close first round.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Sanchez.

    Round 2

    Sanchez tries for a takedown, but Gomi stuffs that one. Gomi lands a straight right to the body. Another low blow, and the referee warns Sanchez. Body kick from Sanchez. Nice left hook lands by Gomi. Gomi backs up to the center of the cage to draw Sanchez back out. Sanchez lands a jab. Gomi has been the fighter moving forward in this fight. Sanchez lands a couple right hands. Low kick by Gomi lands. Another body kick from Sanchez. Gomi comes forward with a combination.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Gomi.

    Round 3

    Sanchez out with more energy to start the third, but eats a jab immediately. Gomi wings a couple punches that hit nothing but Casper. Sanchez with a good jab, and follows that up with a side kick. Right hook by Gomi grazes Sanchez. Gomi continues to be the fighter pushing the pace. One has to wonder how much the weight cut took out of Sanchez. Sanchez dives for a takedown that is easily thwarted. Gomi nearly catches a head kick, but Sanchez was able to stay upright. Sanchez comes forward, but Gomi shrugs him off. The scorecards will be interesting with another close round unless someone takes over in the final seconds. Sanchez slips on a body kick, but Gomi can't capitalize. Sanchez flurries at the end, but Gomi circles away.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Gomi, and the fight 29-28 Gomi.

    Sanchez defeats Gomi by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

    Under PRIDE rules Gomi would have taken the fight unanimously, but the first and third rounds were close enough that you cannot argue under the 10-point must system. Gomi was certainly the more sharp fighter in the cage, but he didn't do enough to stop the judges from handing it to Sanchez. Sanchez failed to make weight, looked slow, and was not aggressive. Lets hope he returns better.

Yushin Okami vs. Hector Lombard

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    Round 1

    Lombard starts walking down Okami immediately. He is seeking that knock out. Okami catches a kick and puts Lombard on his back. Lombard is back up. Okami trying to keep Lombard on the outside. Lombard catches Okami with a straight punch. Lombard narrowly misses with an uppercut. Okami changes levels and completes another takedown. Okami staying active from top and keeping Lombard down. Lombard gets back to his feet. Okami is keeping Lombard's back against the fence, but Lombard changes positions.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Okami.

    Round 2

    Okami snaps a jab. Body kick and jab from Okami lands. Okami tags him again. The reach of Okami is really coming in to play in the second round. Okami is landing that jab at will. Lombard throws an uppercut, but it lands on the chest of Okami. Okami goes for a takedown, and after a brief scramble he completes it. This is a classic Okami bout. Okami mounts.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Okami.

    Round 3

    Lombard is throwing heavy leather looking for the KO. Okami is hurt! Okami seems to have recovered, but Lombard is still stalking him. Lombard is on top of Okami. Okami trying to get back up, but Lombard defends and spins to his back. That same sequence is repeated, and now Lombard is on top of Okami. They stand. Okami goes for a takedown, but it fails and now Lombard is in his guard. The fight ends with Lombard trying to throw ground and pound.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Lombard, and the fight 29-28 Okami.

    Okami defeats Lombard by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

    The key to this fight was Okami being able to take Lombard down. He stifled the power of Lombard, and put on another classic performance that we've been accustomed to seeing out of him. Lombard nearly got the win in the third, but Okami recovered and stayed in the fight. Okami likely is still another fight away from a title shot, but he has at least put himself back at the top of the division.

Mizuto Hirota vs. Rani Yahya

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    Round 1

    Hirota takes command of the center of the Octagon and has Yahya circling. Yahya tries to take Hirota down, and does briefly. Yahya goes for an armlock, but Hirota rides through it and is on top. Hirota tries to stand and get away, but Yahya is attached and drags him back down and is now on top. Hirota springs to his feet, and Yahya stays with him and brings him back down. Great work from Yahya. Yahya locking up a Kimura, but uses that to pass to side control. Hirota tries to move, and Yahya has his back.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Yahya.

    Round 2

    Hirota moves Yahya to the fence on the outset of the second. Hirota gets too aggressive in his striking, and Yahya puts him on his back. Yahya gives Hirota no space. Yahya locking in an arm-triangle. Yahya moves to side control with it in. Hirota is surviving. The cage is helping him, but Yahya adjusts. Yahya lets it go and is back in Hirota's guard. Yahya still active from top.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Yahya.

    Round 3

    HIrota seems to know he needs the finish. Yahya dives for a takedown, but Hirota sprawls. Yahya continues to dive for the takedown, but this time he finishes it. Hirota nearly catches Yahya in a triangle during a scramble. Yahya gets out and takes Hirota's back. Hirota battles back to his feet against the fence, and takes Yahya down. Under 90 seconds remains. Hirota is desperate, but he won't get the finish.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Hirota, and the fight 29-28 Yahya.

    Yahya defeats Hirota by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

    Yahya looked fantastic in the first two rounds, and is becoming a serious threat in the division once again. Hirota could not get Yahya off of him. Yahya's cardio started to fail him, but he was never in any true danger in the third round. That's Hirota's second straight loss, and an unsuccessful UFC debut. He has to be concerned he won't get another chance with the looming cuts.

Dong Hyun Kim vs. Siyar Bahadurzada

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    Round 1

    Kim opens up with a front kick. Kim closes the distance, but Bahadurzada quickly gets off the cage and back to striking distance. Bahadurzada patiently waiting for the devastating counter. Bahadurzada catches a high kick and dumps Kim, but they are back up. Kim gets Bahadurzada against the fence, and puts him on the canvas. Kim in mount. Kim gets Bahadurzada to open up by landing some elbows. Big elbow by Kim. Kim has his back as Bahadurzada stands.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Kim.

    Round 2

    Kim gets inside and takes Bahadurzada down right away. Kim trying to pass back in to mount, but Bahadurzada is not letting it happen. Kim is in side control. Bahadurzada gets to his knees, but Kim's superior grappling ability lets him transition to the back, and then to mount. Good elbow from Kim. The referee tells Kim to work, but he is continually dropping elbows and is in full mount. Kim begins to talk to Bahadurzada who tries striking him from bottom. Kim tries a double-axe handle, but that hasn't been effective since Randy Savage ruined Ricky Steamboat's throat prior to Wrestlemania III.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Kim.

    Round 3

    Bahadurzada is being aggressive. Kim takes him right back to the mat. Kim is working for an arm-triangle and is moving to side control with it. Kim peppering Bahadurzada's side with knees. He has it, but Bahadurzada is defending. Bahadurzada is keeping the fight from being finished, but this is domination by Kim. Kim lets it go and starts throwing ground and pound. Kim is turning up the pressure in the hopes he can get the stoppage, but most of his shots are missing. Bahadurzada nearly gets out from under Kim, but he stays on top in the scramble to end the fight.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Kim, and the fight 30-27 Kim.

    Kim defeats Bahadurzada by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

    This played out exactly how I thought it would. Kim is just far too good of a grappler, and he smothered Bahadurzada. This was a good showing for Kim who continues to show he is a top 10 welterweight. We will have to wait and see if this puts him in the UFC rankings, but he should be.

Riki Fukuda vs. Brad Tavares

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    Round 1

    The powerful middleweights exchange low legkicks to start the bout. Fukuda lands a left. Fukuda catches a kick and takes Tavares to the mat. Tavares threatens with a triangle, pushes off, and gets back to his feet. Tavares lands a couple nice short shots in tight. Good body kick by Tavares. Tavares is getting more comfortable on the feet. Fukuda catches a kick and sweeps the leg, but Tavares is right back up.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Tavares.

    Round 2

    Fukuda clinches with Tavares, and puts his back against the fence. Fukuda is starting to show signs of damage as Tavares continues to touch him with punches. Tavares landing over and over. The shots are not devastating, but they continually find their mark on Fukuda's head. Fukuda connects with a left.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Tavares.

    Round 3

    More of the same to open the third. UFC commentator Jon Anik and analyst Kenny Florian speculate that Fukuda has injured his left hand as he keeps shaking it out. Tavares lands to the body, and Fukuda counters. The fight is starting to see some more action. Fukuda lands a straight left. Tavares sneaks in an uppercut. Fukuda has been the one pushing the pace in the final round. Final minute. Thirty seconds. The fight ends without much more offense.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Fukuda, and the fight 29-28 Tavares.

    Tavares defeats Fukuda by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

    This was not an entertaining fight. Tavares did more on the feet, and stayed off his back. That is about all that is to be said.

Takeya Mizugaki vs. Bryan Caraway

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    Round 1

    The two exchange on the feet, but neither fighter lands. Mizugaki throws a legkick, and Caraway tries to take him down but is unable to complete the attempt. They are against the fence. Mizugaki stops another takedown attempt. Mizugaki is on top. Caraway is quickly back up. Mizugaki digs to the body. Caraway briefly gets Mizugaki down, but he pops right back to his feet. Mizugaki getting the better of the stand-up. Mizugaki lands more, and Caraway goes for the takedown. He gets Mizugaki on his butt, but his back is against the fence. Caraway has his back.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Mizugaki.

    Round 2

    They continue battling the fight out on the feet. Mizugaki finds more success there than Caraway. Caraway has Mizugaki against the fence. Mizugaki uses his double underhooks to get back to his feet. Mizugaki lands a body shot. Caraway catches Mizugaki and drops him. He goes for a guillotine. Mizugaki survives! Caraway has his back and is fighting for the rear-naked choke.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Caraway.

    Round 3

    Mizugaki lands a good right. Mizugaki connects with a left and rocks Caraway. Mizugaki continuing to land. Caraway is much slower in the third. A left clips Caraway. Caraway is still in this fight, but Mizugaki is clearly winning the round with two minutes remaining. Caraway goes for the takedown, but Mizugaki defends. The guillotine attempt in the second may have sapped Caraway's energy. Caraway keeps looking for the takedown, but Mizugaki defends well. Mizugaki lands another left.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Mizugaki, and the fight 29-28 Mizugaki.

    Mizugaki defeats Caraway by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

    The undercard continues to deliver fun fights. Mizugaki was getting the better of the fight on the feet, but was dropped in the second. After Caraway's guillotine attempt he looked much slower, and that was all Mizugaki needed in the third to routinely land punches. Mizugaki gets his first back-to-back wins under the Zuffa banner.

Cristiano Marcello vs. Kazuki Tokudome

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    Round 1

    Tokudome and Marcello are feeling each other out on the feet in the opening minute of the fight. Marcello catches Tokudome with a right. Both men landing. Straight right lands by Marcello. And another. Marcello scoring some major points early on. Marcello slips trying to land a headkick, and Tokudome goes into his guard. Tokudome is not doing much in the position thus far. Tokudome stands up and throws some nice punches down on Marcello before re-entering his guard. Tokudome gets to half-guard. Marcello goes for a leglock, but that doesn't pan out and Tokudome is back to working from full guard.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Marcello.

    Round 2

    Marcello moves forward with wild punches, and Tokudome takes him down directly in to side control. Tokudome is doing enough to avoid being stood up, but Marcello is defending to avoid any damage. They are back to their feet, and Marcello takes Tokudome down with a little over a minute remaining in the round. Tokudome stands. Marcello tags Tokudome. Tokudome lands.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Tokudome.

    Round 3

    Marcello catches Tokudome with a right, but Tokudome drops him! Tokudome follows up, but Marcello survives. Tokudome back to sitting in Marcello's guard. They are back up on the feet. Tokudome clips Marcello with a sneaky right. Marcello gets Tokudome's back, but they are standing. Tokudome escapes the bad position and are against the fence. Tokudome takes Marcello down again.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Tokudome, and the fight 29-28 Tokudome.

    Tokudome defeats Marcello by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

    Tokudome took some big shots in the first round, but after surviving he took control of the fight. Takedowns were key, and he stayed out of trouble on the mat. Tokudome swept the judge's cards and picks up the needed victory.

Alex Caceres vs. Kyung Ho Kang

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    Round 1

    Kang has a bodylock on Caceres immediately, and takes him down. Kang is trying to pass the guard, but the fence seems to be stopping him more than Caceres' defense. Kang stands up and tries to do some damage, but Caceres avoids it. Kang in side control. Caceres gets back to his feet, but Kang gets another takedown. Caceres threatens with a leglock, but Kang is out easily. They are back to their feet, and Kang is all over Caceres. He has Caceres' back, but he gets out and is now on top for the first time this fight. Back to the feet they go, and Kang with another takedown. They are back to their feet, but this time they are at range to strike. Caceres getting a bit fancy with his striking with a double kick.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Kang.

    Round 2

    Kang puts Caceres down on the mat early in the second. Caceres pushes off and gets up. Good bodykick from Kang. Caceres finally stops a takedown attempt, and now he is on top of Kang on the mat. A scramble results in Kang getting back on top. Kang almost takes Caceres' back, but he can't complete it and Caceres gets on top. Caceres lands some ground and pound. Kang gets back to his feet, and immediately dumps Caceres on his back.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Kang.

    Round 3

    Caceres lands a body kick, but Kang catches it. Kang slips and that allows Caceres to get on top and land good shots on the ground. Caceres tries to lock in a guillotine. Caceres lets go of it and lands more elbows on the mat. Good knee to the body from Caceres. Kang finally reverses the position and gets on top of Caceres. Caceres is now on top. Caceres advances to mount as Kang tried to sweep. Caceres went for a triangle, but failed. Caceres closes out the fight firing off punches.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Caceres, and the fight 29-28 Kang.

    Caceres defeats Kang by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).

    An entertaining bout. Kang looked fantastic in the first two rounds with his takedowns, and Caceres did a fantastic job defending and working back to his feet. Both fighters had their moments. These two bantamweights showed their skills. The decision was questionable, but Caceres avoided damage and was constantly working. Kang ends up on the wrong end of a classic MMA decision.

Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Hyun Gyu Lim

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    Round 1

    The first fight of the evening, or morning if you are in Japan, is underway.

    Guimaraes trying to find a way inside of Lim's reach, but Lim is doing a good job of keeping him on the outside. Guimaraes using leg kicks early. Guimaraes goes for a takedown, but he is nowhere close. Lim throwing uppercuts now. Uppercut from Guimaraes lands. Opening round is already half over. Lim is effective with his jab. Lim goes to the body. Lim lands the jab, but misses the overhand right. Guimaraes gets a takedown late in the round. Guimaraes landed a good uppercut and a late takedown, but Lim was more consistent over the five minutes.

    Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Lim.

    Round 2

    Lim goes back to the jabs early in the second frame. Guimaraes starting to land with his punches. Guimaraes shoots in, and Lim sprawls. Lim lands to the body. Guimaraes gets the takedown with half of the round to work. Lim scrambles to his feet, but Guimaraes keeps a bodylock on him. Lim defends and they separate. Overhand right lands from Guimaraes. And a jab from Guimaraes finds its mark. Knee lands and it is all over. Lim stuns Guimaraes with the knee and finishes up on the mat.

    Lim defeats Guimaraes by KO at 4:00 of the second round.

    Lim is a big welterweight, but his skills need a lot of sharpening. However, he got the knockout win and that is what is more important. Lim will be an interesting prospect to watch grow. If he is able to put more pieces to his game he will be a tough out for anyone in the division.