Wanderlei Silva (pictured) and Brian Stann promised someone was going to sleep in Saturday night’s main event, and nearly everyone thought it was going to be Silva – including the Gambling Gods, who dubbed Stann a 3-to-1 odds-on favorite.
Entering UFC on FUEL TV 8, Silva had lost seven of his last 10 bouts, four of which resulted in his unconscious state on the canvas. Clearly, the 36-year-old was the obvious choice to go night-night.
Instead, “The Axe Murderer” turned back the hands of time and put Stann down in the second round of their thrilling shootout.
It apropos that Silva won via knockout in Japan. The former PrideFC middleweight champion returned to the same arena where he made his claim to mixed martial arts fame a decade ago when he was stockpiling one vicious victory after another.
“I’ve had the best moments of my life here, and today is one more,” Silva stated at the post-fight press conference.
Silva bumped his professional record to an impressive a 35-12-1 (1 NC), with 25 of his wins coming via some form of knockout. Despite all the chatter regarding retirement entering tonight’s scrap, his inevitable defeat to Father Time will have to wait for another day.