UFC on Fuel TV 8 features an explosive middleweight bout between Wanderlei Silva and Brian Stann. Both of these fighters have knockout power in their hands, making this bout an instant favorite for Knockout-of-the-Night.
Silva comes into this fight off a unanimous decision loss to Rich Franklin. It was a back and forth war, but ultimately Rich was able to land a few more significant punches. A win for Wanderlei against Stann would be huge for his career, and still makes him a threat in this middleweight division. Silva has notable victories over Cung Le, Michael Bisping, Keith Jardine, and Quinton Jackson. He has always been one of the most aggressive fighters in the UFC, making him exciting to watch regardless of the outcome.
Stann comes into this fight off decision loss to Michael Bisping, where Bisping was able to control him for the majority of each round. Stann will need to shore up these grappling deficiencies if he wants to come out the victor against Silva, who is a black belt in jiu jitsu. Stan has notable victories over Chris Leben, Jorge Santiago, and Steve Cantwell, and has made great strides in his overall MMA game. A win over a veteran like Silva would certainly be a huge feather in his cap.
In terms of styles, both like to stand up and trade leather. They have knockout power in their hands, and are never shy to stay in the pocket and throw. Whoever comes out the victor, this bout has the makings to be action-packed. Will Stann rebound off his latest loss and put himself back in the title hunt? Or will Silva resurrect his mma career? Stay tuned!