Wanderlei Silva faces a tough opponent in Brian Stann at UFC on Fuel TV 8.
Silva, at age 36, has come out as the loser in four of his last six fights, and has recently suffered brutal knockouts at the hands of Cung Lee and Quinton Jackson. Another knockout loss would likely spell the end of his 48-fight MMA career.
Stann has the hunger and the power to knock him out.
Stann has great respect for Silva and addressed his reverence for the veteran during the UFC on Fuel TV 8 press conference. “The popularity of my opponent, Wanderlei Silva, is well deserved,” Stann said. “When I first thought about coming into the sport, you know, my favorite fighter was Wanderlei Silva. I would watch his fights in Pride and I would just marvel at the tenacity he brought into the ring and how he fought.”
Silva, who has won over many fans with his reckless style, has seen his body wear down over the years. Stann, on the other hand, is constantly improving and will likely be in the mix of middleweight title contenders with a victory over Silva.
With a title shot in reach, Stann spoke of his motivation for knocking out Silva. “I’ve always been strong and I’ve always been powerful,” Stann said. “I’m really excited to put on my best performance of my career.”
For Silva, this fight is more about returning to Japan and putting on a show in front of the fans who knew him from his days fighting in Pride FC.
Clearly, Stann has more at stake and will come out with a business-like attitude. Stann will be technically sound and likely finish Silva in the second round.
“For me to come into this fight, obviously I am not going to be the more popular fighter,” Stann said.
Stann, however, will win over plenty of fans when he puts an MMA legend to sleep for the final time.