Wanderlei Silva Returns to His Adopted Home at UFC on Fuel TV 8

| February 28, 2013 | 11:25 am | Reply

UFC 139 Wanderlei Silva 001The Axe Murderer, Wanderlei Silva (34-12-1) returns to Japan for the first time since 2006 in the hopes of taking out Brian Stann (12-5) and reviving his crumbling legacy at UFC on Fuel TV 8. For the second time in just over a year the UFC returns to the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. A place Wanderlei Silva has fought 13 times prior to this weekend.

Wanderlei Silva has had little success since entering the Octagon back in 2007. During that time he has only won three of his eight fights.  Silva may indeed have seen his best days pass him by, but the 36-year-old Brazilian still feels he has a few more fights left in him. He once went on a 4 year undefeated stint as Pride’s middleweight champion, and may have some hopes of rekindling his glory days by returning to Japan to take on the “All American” Brian Stann.

Silva needs this win at UFC on FUEL TV 8 badly.  While he’s shown he still possesses aggressive knockout power by taking out Cung Le at UFC 139 and Keith Jardine at UFC 84, he has also experienced some devastating losses to Rampage Jackson and Chris Leben.  Any other fighter with a record of 3-8 in the Octagon would find a pink slip waiting for them in the locker room a long time ago.

With all the cuts the UFC has been making to fighters in recent weeks Silva might be looking at his last big fight in Mixed Martial Arts.  But Silva is cut from a different cloth than most men, and takes on the persona of a wounded Tiger when his back is forced against the wall.  Brian Stann is a tough opponent and can easily win by a knockout or decision.  And while Wanderlei Silva may have seen his best days, he might have one more great one left in him.

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