Live results and blog: UFC Japan Silva v Stann
Wanderleigh Silva will fight in the main event against power puncher Brian Stann
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What's up fight fans? Justin Faux here, today the UFC return to the home of Pride with one of their biggest stars from the glory days, Wanderlei Silva headlining against hard hitting American Brian Stann. Follow along for my live play-by-play and results.
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BREAKING NEWS: Lombard vs. Okami results here
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BREAKING NEWS: Silva vs. Stann results here
Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
Lim has a long reach and fires off with his jab right away, the Brazilian closes that distance and lands a shot, briefly attempts a takedown but it's s tuffed with ease. Guimaraes is having success with the leg kick but the reach hurts him, he dives for a leg but Lim moves right out of the way. The Brazilian lands a fierce uppercut, Lim has complete control with the range and Marcelo again tries a takedown. When Guimaraes gets inside he can land nice, crisp power punches but it's not happening often. Guimaraes scores with a body shot and attempts another failed takedown. Lim throws an haymaker, got overly aggressive and got taken down late but Guimaraes isn't able to do anything with it, the clock was his enemy there. 10-9 Lim.
Lim begins with a leg kick like last round then lands a ranging trio of punches. The Korean fighter scores with his jab again, leaving the door open for a left-hook on a few occasions, something he needs to be cautious of as the Brazilian seems to have more power. Guimaraes fires a leg kick and ducks under for a takedown but no luck. Lim connects with a body shot in tight. Lim throws a head shot and leaves the door open for the takedown. Lim gives up his back in the process of getting back to his feet but Guimaraes doesn't do anything with it. Lim sprawls out of danger as we reurn to a kickboxing match. Lim is getting tagged as he comes in close, snapping back Lim's head before "The Ace" fires a nasty knee to the button, putting him down with seconds to spare in the second frame.
Hyun Gyu Lim def. Marcelo Guimaraes by TKO (knee) at 4:00 of round two
Fight rating: 3 stars
This was a fun way to begin the night's proceedings, the first round was pretty uneventful with Lim showing off some of his best tools with his range and frencing off takedowns and had a huge finish with the knee, Lim tried for it on a number of occasions and missed but when it connected Guimaraes went down like a sack of bricks.
What a knockout! And what a way to get the evening started, were you impressed with Lim on his UFC debut? Use the hashtag #KanvasLIVE on Twitter or get over to Facebook and let us know!
Kyung Ho Kang vs. Alex Caceras
Caceras is the aggressor early, firing hsi jab and a superman punch before Kang muscles him to the ground. Caceras pushes him off but is able to pounce back to the ground, in side-control on "Bruce Leeroy" raining down elbows. Caceras forces the fight back to the feet momentarily but Kang quickly gets it back down, Caceras looking for an unsuccessful kneebar immediately. Caceras is active from his back, giving Kang problems from half-guard. Caceras looks for a triangle that gives him an opening to get to the feet. Kang gets it down quick, looking for a rear naked choke Caceras escaping. Caceras sweeps to butterfly guard, Kang attempts a shoulder lock but Caceras breaks free and returns to the feet. Caceras goes upstairs with a high kick, and a trio of kicks and knees before Kang lands a hard shot as the buzzer sounds, 10-9 Kang
Kang gets it to the mat in a matter of seconds, passing to side control, almost getting side mount. Kang gets full mount, Caceras shrugs Kang off and gets to his feet, eating a punch for it. Kang shoots for a takedown, Caceras avoids it but Kang pulls guard to get it to the mat. Caceras attempts to take his back, Kang rolls and takes dominate position. Kang attempts to pass again but settles in guard. Kang is a reckless grappler and will take risks, grabbing the neck of the TUF participant and looking for a submsision, almost getting mounted for it. Caceras sits on top, landing punches against the cage before the South Korean gets back to the feet againt the cage, using the fence to take another takedown on Caceras, 10-9 Kang.
Caceras is kept on the outside with his kick and jab, Kang stumbles before Caceras pounces all over Kang with punches before looking for a guillotine-choke directly against the fence but the MMA Lab product bails on it but keeps the dominate position. A sense of urgency from Bruce Leeroy who is landing with fire but Kang eventually muscles his way to take Caceras down, getting into full guard. Caceras looks for a triangle to no avail but scrambles to take top position. Caceras is clearly the fresher fighter and scramlbes to take mount position with less than a minute on the clock. Looking for a triangle but Kang gets out of danger. Caceras backs up and eats an up-kick. Caceras gets back to the floor, lands a shot before the clock runs out, 10-9 Caceras (29-28 Kang)
Alex Caceras def. Kyung Ho Kang by Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Fight rating: 3 1/2 stars
I really enjoyed this fight, Caceras was a bottom-level fighter on the brink of being cut from the UFC not long ago, now as he's linked up with MMA Lab has become a far better fighter. While I didn't think he did enough to win the fight, I thought he clearly lost the first two frames before Kang's gas tank failed him I thought it was a scramble-heavy, exciting grappling match.
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Cristiano Marcello vs. Kazuki Tokudome
Marcello isn't checking the leg kicks from Tokudome but fires with a knee to the forehead and went on the attack with a string of punches but wasn't able to get the finish. Tokudome is getting tagged before catching a leg from the Brazilian and getting in the guard of Marcello and looking for ground and pound. The Pancrase fighter has good top position control, as Marcello throws up his legs for a submission, the Japanese fighter escapes, lands a few hammer fists and returns to the mat. Tokudome passes to side control but eats an up-kick for his troubles, returning to guard quickly. The former Chute Boxe trainer landed fierce elbows from the bottom and put up a late triangle attempt before the time ran out, 10-9 Tokudome.
Tokudome gets a quick takedown after keeping Marcello off balance with his strikes. Tokudome is active on top, landing his left hand with good shots, not a lot of damage with his punches but the accumulative attack will break down any fighter. Marcello, a grappling wizard is getting tired and Tokudome looks comfortable in the drivers seat here. Marcello is active from his back with elbows and punches but Tokudome is still landing punches from top position before the fight gets stood up. Marcello gets a takedown late but is unable to do anything on the mat before we return to the feet. Tokudome lands a long jab and narrowly avoids a haymaker from the Brazilian. Tokudome strings his combinations together late before finishing with a nicely timed knee as the round expires, 10-9 Tokudome.
Tokudome floors Marcello with a stiff punch before jumping all over him with strikes but Marcello is able to survive, although he is definitely hurt and has a bloodied nose. In full-guard, Tokudome is landing punches, they aren't flashy and don't have a lot of technique but they're effective. Marcello forces the fight back to the feet, Marcello is looking to be the aggressor and steal the fight here but Tokudome is comfortable and keeps throwing out his jab and frustrating Marcello. The Brazilian grappling champ waist locks Tokudome from behind and pushes Tokudome against the cage, firing off knees before Tokudome muscles him to the ground. Inside the guard of Marcello,Tokudome is landing from the top. The fight concludes with Marcello throwing kicks to Tokudome who recently stood up, 10-9 Tokudome (30-27 Tokudome)
Fight rating: 2 stars
A forgettable fight, neither are exceptionally great strikers and Marcello seems content to not use his grappling and work to his strengths. The fight was pretty one sided, although a winnable fight for the former Chute Boxe trainer, Tokudome controlled most of the proceedings.
Kazuki Tokudome def. Cristiano Marcello by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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Takeya Mizugaki vs. Bryan Caraway
Mizugaki presses forward with a trio of punches, Caraway charges forward and eats a shot. Mizugaki tries a kick, gets backed up against the fence. Caraway goes under for a takedown and gets hit for his troubles. Mizugaki gets it to the floor off a trip from Caraway but it doesn't last long.
- The UFC's stream dropped completely, gone to a stand-by screen, from social media updates it seems that happened to everyone.
We return to the action with a little over a minute on the clock, Mizugaki snaps a left-hook before Caraway pushes him against the fence for a takedown, Caraway takes his back, the TUF partcipant has won the lion's share of his bouts by submission but the clock runs out before he can get one here, I will refrain from scoring this round as I missed 2 minutes from it but from what I saw Caraway won.
Mizugaki snaps his head back with a short left and starts rib roasting with a nice body shot. Caraway shoots for a takedown, pressing the Japanese fighter against the fence. Caraway fights real hard to get it to the floor, Mizugaki tries to escape, almost giving his back again. Mizugaki breaks free, landing a nice liver shot. Mizugaki is nicely going to the body, looking for the opening with his powerhouse uppercut. Caraway uses the aggressive nature of Mizugaki against him, as the WEC title-challenger comes insidehe gets stunned with a shot, Caraway quick to pounce tries for a guillotine-choke, gives it up and takes a rear naked choke with over a minute to work. Caraway bails on the back mount, takes top position in half-guard landing an elbows as the round comes to a close, 10-9 Caraway.
Caraway charges forward with a punch, Mizugaki answers with a body-head combo. Mizugaki lands an overhand left-hand that stuns Caraway. Mizugaki again goes with the left-hook, Caraway looks real cautious as he's eating shots, his cardio seems to be wavering. Mizugaki lands his jab again, shoots for a takedown but eats an uppercut from the TUF fighter. Caraway ties up Mizugaki against the fence, getting the Japanese fighter to his knees but doesn't get it onto the mat. Mizugaki lands a knee but Caraway avoids a haymaker from Mizugaki to shoot underneath again, still not getting it down. Mizugaki avoids a looping shot, gets in tight and lands a stiff shot, capping his most successful round with a long shot that snaps back the head of Caraway, 10-9 Mizugaki
Takeya Mizugaki def. Bryan Caraway by Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Fight rating: 3 stars
Similar to Caceras, the development of Caraway has impressed me. His grappling has always been great but he has improved his wrestling and striking. Listening to his girlfriend, Miesha Tate who advised him to "just coast" in the last round, ultimately cost him the fight as he did enough to win the first two frames on most cards but lost to the Japanese fighter.
Riki Fukuda vs. Brad Tavares
Tavares' forward motion is used against him, getting floored immediately. Tavares lands with a nice shot before he is buckled at the knees from a leg kick. Fukuda goes to the floor momentarily, Tavares atttempting a triangle before abandoning the hold to return to the feet. Tavares catches Fukuda coming in and has a lot of success throwing his leg kick, isn't able to land with his power shots though, great footwork from Fukuda. Tavares connects with another kick and stuns Fukuda with a punch. Fukuda throws a kick at the same time as Tavares, taking the leg out from Tavares but Fukuda is unable to join him on the mat as he quickly springs to his feet, 10-9 Tavares.
Tavares again goes back to his leg leg kick, Fukuda ties him up and pushes him against the fence but the Xtreme Couture product breaks free. Tavares' leg kick has been his biggest asset here, it's giving him every opening as he connects with a head shot. Tavares has a fantastic jab, he has connected with it over and over in this fight. Spinning back fist attempt from Tavares, Fukuda needs to switch up his game plan, it's not working here as he eats a leg kick or jab anytime he gets close. Tavares avoids a knee and punches Fukuda, the Japanese fighter appears to be injured and it shows. Fukuda avoids a front-kick as the round expires, 10-9 Tavares.
Tavares lands a head kick early, Fukuda takes another leg kick. Fukuda is on the offence, fighting with a sense of urgency as he pressures Tavares, getting in tight with punches but Tavares is composed. Fukuda fires a nasty leg kick, getting in tight and looks for a takedown to no avail. Tavares seems to be the more fresh fighter but Fukuda is the one pressuring. Tavares connects with a strong left-hook and goes upstairs with a head kick. Tavares turns up the heat late, landing a string of hard punches on the defence. Fukuda comes in for the fight and eats a shot for his troubles as the fight expires, 10-9 Fukuda (29-28 Tavares)
Fight rating: 2 stars
Nothing too memorable from these two, Tavares controlled the body of the fight with his leg kicks and his crisp, technical boxing and Fukuda brought it on strong at the end but all in all it was a forgettable affair.
Brad Tavares def. Riki Fukuda by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
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Dong Hyun Kim vs. Siyar Baharduzada
Kim misses with a front-kick and looks to tie up Bahadurzada but almost eats a stiff shot in the process. Kim avoids the right-hook before landing a high kick, graving the head of Bahadurzada. Kim lands with a left hand before getting a single leg off the cage to get it to the mat. Kim steps over to take mount, the Afganhistan native isn't comfortable on his back, eating shots, pitter-patter punches and setting up for elbows as Herb Dean warns him to work which is ridiculous. Baharduzada looks to get to his feet, Kim takes his back of the standing Bahadurzada with both hooks sunk in. Kim gives up on the rear naked choke attempt as the round comes to a close, 10-9 Kim.
Bahadurzada is the aggressor early, walking down Kim. The South Korean star attempts a high kick and eats a punch. Kim presses him against the fence, forcing the bout to the floor again. In side control Kim is in the drivers seat and is being really effective with his punches that the Blackzilians training member has no answer for. Kim fights to take the back of Bahadurzada before going back to half-guard and getting mount once again, where he does his best work. Vicious elbow from Kim, Bahadurzada just doesn't know what to do, Kim connecting with elbows and punches, even attempting a double hammer fist. Kim lands a nice elbow as the round finishes, 10-9 Kim,
Kim gets it to the mat right away, forcing it down with a single-leg. The 31 year old Korean fighter moves from guard to side control, looking to get back to mount. Knees to the body from Kim, looking to snatch an head-and-arm triangle. Stepping over to mount while maintaining the position before he abandons to go back to mount and fires with his elbows. Kim fires with his elbows, punches and double hammer fists. With 90 second on the clock, Kim doesn't want to go to the judges score cards. The elbows from mount have been a major asset to Kim, excellent work. Kim scrambles out, to side control, crosses over to north-south position but is forced to the feet, Bahadurzada attempts an up-kick as the fight closes, 10-9 Kim (30-27 Kim)
Dong Hyun Kim def. Siyar Bahadurzada by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Fight rating: 2 stars
I said it before the fight and I'll say it again, poor matchmaking here. Bahadurzada is a good prospect with a lot of promise, throwing him against Kim is a terrible styles clash for him. While it was utter domination from Kim who controlled the lion's share of the bout from mount, I needed a full pot of coffee to stay awake for this one.
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Mizuto Hirota vs. Rani Yahya
Yahya lands an overhand right and shoots for a single-leg and briefly gets Hirota down. The savvy grappler is working with the arm of Hiroto who gets back to a standing position momentarily. Hirota looks to get to the feet but Yahya is relentless, taking top position in the guard of Hirota. In half-guard, Yahya rains down elbows. Hirota gets to the feet but is thrown back down. Improved wrestling from Yahya, showing great top positioning and control. In half-guard Yahya is active, looking to snatch a kimura but he has to race the clock with 30 seconds left. Yahya gives Hirota an opening to escape then takes his back but is unable to get a submission locked in as the time expires, 10-9 Yahya.
Hirota ties up Yahya and presses him against the cage. Yahya attempts a takedown and eats a punch but follows through and gets it. The Japanese fighter is pressed against the cage as Hirota attempts to pass. Yahya steps over and looks for an arm-triangle, moves his body over to torque on the position with a superior angle. It looks in tight but Hirota is patient, not giving it up right away. Yahya wasn't able to get the right angle due to the cage, winding up in top position in guard. Yahya looks phenominal, sticking to Hirota like glue and landing punches. The Brazilian grappling champ rains down punches as the round comes to a close, 10-9 Yahya.
Yahya shoots for a single-leg immediately but it's fenced off from Hirota. Yahya gets top position eventually, landing some nice ground and pound but leaving the door open for Hirota to attempt an armbar, it looks close but Yahya was able to get out of the position. Hirota attempts to take the back of Yahya but we return to the feet. Hirota presses Yahya against the cage, gets it to the floor but Yahya is in complete control from the bottom. Yahya tries a single-leg and Hirota pummels him with punches. Hirota plunges forward with a punch, presses him against the cage but it's too late to steal the fight from the tied Yahya, 10-9 Hirota (29-28 Yahya)
Fight rating: 3 stars
Boy, was I impressed with Yahya! I expected Hirota to fence a few takedowns, walk him down and blow his doors off with a punch. Instead, his wrestling looked great, his grappling is always excellent and there were tons of scrambles and exciting grappling.
Rani Yahya def. Mizuto Hirota by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
What a transformation from Yahya, finally becoming a complete fighter! Where does he stack up in the featherweight pecking order now? Hit up @MMAKanvas, use the hashtag #KanvasLIVE and get over to Facebook and let us know!
Yushin Okami vs. Hector Lombard
Lombard is the aggressor, Okami circles and leg kicks early. Lombard fires a leg kick and gets taken down for it. The Olympic judoka fights up to the feet, catches Okami with a flush shot on the jaw. Okami isn't looking comfortable in the striking department, Lombard has a speed and power advantage but the Japanese fighter catches a single-leg takedown and starts unloading with punches. In half-guard Okami has the ability to smother Lombard but the former Bellator champ gets back to his feet. Lombard presses him against the fence, ripping to the body with a punch and eating knees from Okami. The round expires as Lombard has him pressed against the fence, landing a nice body shot, 10-9 Okami.
Lombard is far more tentative than he was in round one, not as eager to throw kicks and get aggressive. Okami is being more technical, thrusting out that jab. Okami lands a leg kick that appears to hurt Lombard. Okami fires a nice two-punch combination and quickly evades the power shot from Lombard. Okami gets it to the floor, passes to half-guard and starts unloading with punches. Lombard is taking punishment from the bottom and is unable to explode back to his feet. Okami takes mount, postures up and narrowly misses with an elbow as the round expires, 10-9 Okami.
Lombard enters with a sense of urgency, tags Okami and puts him on the defensive. Lombard has Okami cornered against the fence as he throws a string of punches, landing most. Okami is on dream street as Lombard throws, bringing this into a firefight. The fight hits the mat with Lombard on top, looking to get the finish. Lombard is landing hammer fists from the bottom, great accuracy with his bombs. Lombard almost gets put on his back, but powers his way back to top position. Lombard gets a chance to force a stand-up bout, doesn't take it as he gets top position in half-guard and throws hammer fists. Okami is defensive as Lombard doesn't get off his strikes when the round expires, 10-9 Lombard (29-28 Okami).
Yushin Okami def. Hector Lombard by Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Fight rating: 3 stars
A fun and close fight, I thought that Lomard had a lot of issues dealing with the length of Okami and while he had the power shot that would put his lights out, Okami was the more technical striker who picked apart Lombard. The adopted Aussie brought it on late but it just wasn't enough.
Split decision!?!? How did you score that one? I think Okami clearly got that one! Disagree? Tell us at @MMAKanvas on Twitter, use the hashtag #KanvasLIVE or go to Facebook.
Takanori Gomi vs. Diego Sanchez
Sanchez takes the center of the cage, Gomi fires a body shot. "The Fireball Kid" lands a hard shot with his right-hook. Gomi stalks, when Sanchez explodes he gets tagged coming in. Gomi looks for a right-hand and gets taken to the floor but Gomi is able to get back to the feet. The crowd is solidly behind the former Pride lightweight champ who gets hit with a shot to the liver. Gomi goes upstairs and eats a hook. Sanchez throws a front-kick and explodes with punches. Gomi throws a knee, gets taken down and Sanchez transitions to try a kneebar. Gomi escapes and returns to the feet. Gomi lands a body shot. Each try a kick as Sanchez tags Gomi. Sanchez catches a kick from Gomi and throws the Japanese star to the floor with no time to do anything with the takedown, 10-9 Gomi.
Sanchez explodes, lands a nice shot inside. Gomi is the aggressor, Sanchez is circling out of danger. Gomi fences off a takedown. Sanchez tries a high kick that is stopped. Sanchez connects with a left-hook, Gomi is having success with his body-head punching. Gomi is precision punching, Sanchez is landing nicely too. Sanchez lands a knee to the forehead, charges forward with a three-punch combo but only lands with one. Gomi punches the leg of Sanchez. The TUF 1 winner digs to the body, landing the shorter punches as Gomi throws wildly. Sanchez fails on another takedown attempt. Sanchez throws a liver kick, on the second kick, Gomi grabs a leg. Gomi lands a power shot but backs away. Sanchez throws a flying knee that misses before both exchange punches late, 10-9 Gomi
Sanchez is on the defensive here, Gomi is stalking but he is smartly picking his shots, not getting overzhelous. Gomi throws a leg kick and Sanchez hits him with a right-hand. Sanchez again goes with that front-kick, missing almost every time. The former Pride champ gets hit with a head kick, seemed to stun Gomi. The Japanese star fences off another takedown, great sprawl. Sanchez tags him with a punch but Gomi has his range and connects on the chin. Sanchez attempts a kick, gets stuffed to the floor but springs to his feet immediately. Sanchez tries a low kick and gets hit for it. Sanchez tries to get it to the floor unsuccessful. Gomi connects with a power shot. Each throw a kick. Sanchez corners Gomi and unloads with a flurry but it may be too late, 10-9 Gomi (30-27 Gomi)
Fight rating: 3 1/2 stars
I thought this was the best Gomi that we have seen inside the UFC. His striking was precise, he was picking apart Sanchez and catching him with the better and cleaner punches but the judges didn't see it that way. Don't get me wrong, Sanchez had his moments of good action too and it was an exciting affair, just thought he clearly lost.
Diego Sanchez def. Takanori Gomi by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve
Struve lands a kick with his long and lanky limbs, like Dhalsim from Street Fighter. Hunt closes the distance with ease, fires a body shot and misses to the head. "The Super Samoan" charges with a looping shot, Struve ties him up and pulls guard. Hunt is on top, playing defense before he is swept and Struve takes top position, not where Hunt wants to be. In half-guard Struve looks for an arm-triangle before taking mount. Struve throws heavy metal before looking for an arm and go belly down with the armbar. Hunt escapes, takes top position in full-guard, really needs to get back up. Hunt fires a big shot. Struve throws his legs up but is unable to pull anything off. Hunt passes to side mount and is unable to pin the arm in the crucifix position, lands an elbow before time expires, 10-9 Struve
Hunt tags Struve early, throwing those bungalows. Hunt chases down Struve and tags him again. Struve uses his jab, really needed to establish that range. Hunt dives to get the punch with his opponent that's a full foot taller. Hunt stuns Struve who covers up and takes shots but doesn't seem hurt. Hunt gets in and throws a two-punch combo. Struve tags Hunt with a long shot, Hunt sweeps Struve and gets it down to the mat but almost falls into a foot lock. Hunt escapes, almost giving up his back in the process. Hunt winds up in full-guard, landing heavy shots. Passes to side control, lands shots but again cannot get the crucifix. Struve mounts Hunt, starts unloading with elbows and punches. Struve looks to move for an armbar but doesn't have it. The round concludes with Hunt in top position as Struve fires with elbows, 10-9 Hunt.
Hunt connects with the left-hook. Both are fatigued, Struve starts connecting with the jab but again the range gets closed with no issues from the former K-1 champ who connects with his power shots. Struve gets tagged and is backed up, an exhausted Hunt throws a huge shot that floors Struve and he walks away. Hunt goes in to finish but Herb Dean calls the action off, a big finish for Hunt.
Fight rating: 3 1/2 stars
Was it techincal? No. Was it thrilling? Yes. Hunt really played with fire, trying to show off his improved grappling but against a submission ace like Struve that caused problems. When he was striking, Hunt could close the distance and land harder shots, eventually one dropped him. It wasn't a masterpiece but there wasn't a dull moment.
Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann
Stann back up Silva with a punch early and Stann ties him up in the clinch, firing a nice uppercut that stuns the former Pride champ. Silva goes on the charge, hits Stann but gets knocked backwards from a Stann power shot. Stann charges and gets countered. Stann connects with a knee to the groin, giving Silva some time to recover. Replay shows it was unintentional. Silva fires with his jab on the bloodied nose of Stann. The former Marine is stalking Silva with leg kicks. "The Axe Murderer" gets stunned by Stann who backs him up with punches before Silva flurries on Stann, knocking him down. Stann lands a punch before getting Silva to the floor, he has been cut wide open. Stann is in top position but does nothing before the clock expires, 10-9 Stann.
Stann is on pursuit again, connecting with a nice left-hook. Stann is having success with his leg kick, trying to wear down the Brazilian slugger. Stann again goes to the leg kick, it's been a great tool in this round. Silva barely misses with a right-hand before taking a second groin shot but no point was deducted. Stann gets hit with a nice hook and Stann answers with a powerhouse right-hand of his own. Silva lands a nice head kick and Stann connects with another leg kick. Silva connects with a hard shot that floors Stann and connects with punches to finish the fight!
Fight rating: 4 1/2 stars
The leading candidate for 'Fight of the year'. Back in Saitama Super Arena, Silva put on a show. Stann had him in danger on many occasions stunning the former middleweight champ who rallied back and got the victory, one of the best fights to take place in the historic venue.
Wanderlei Silva def. Brian Stann by TKO (punches) at 4:08 of round two
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