Like old times, Wanderlei Silva had the Saitama Super Arena crowd on its feet. | Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images
If Saturday night was any indication, Wanderlei Silva still has plenty left in the tank. In a bout that brought back memories of the Brazilian’s Pride Fighting Championships prime, Silva managed to outslug a game Brian Stann to earn a second-round technical knockout triumph in the UFC on Fuel TV 8 headliner.
Neither Silva nor Stann was willing to give any ground in the entertaining light heavyweight affair, with both men engaging in wild exchanges at seemingly every opportunity. Much to the delight of those in attendance at the Saitama Super Arena, it was Silva who emerged with the victory – as well as bonus checks for “Fight of the Night” and Knockout of the Night.” Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC on Fuel TV 8, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
3: Knockdowns by Silva and Stann combined in 9:08 of fight time. “The Axe Murderer” dropped Stann in both the first and second frames, while Stann scored his lone knockdown in round one.
43: Significant strikes landed by both Silva and Stann. Stann outlanded the Brazilian 31 to 24 in round one, while Silva held a 19-to-12 advantage before finishing the fight in round two.
200: Total strikes attempted by Silva and Stann. In a fast paced, back-and-forth encounter, both Silva (49 of 97) and Stann (65 of 103) were able to land more than 50 percent of their attempted strikes.
2,365: Days since Silva’s last bout in Japan, a knockout loss to Mirko Filipovic at Pride “Final Conflict Absolute” on Sept. 10, 2006. The Brazilian’s most recent win in the country came against Kazuyuki Fujiti two months earlier.
4: Losses via knockout or technical knockout for Stefan Struve during his UFC tenure. The Dutchman was stopped by a Mark Hunt left hook in the third round of their heavyweight encounter on Saturday night. “Skyscraper” has also been finished by strikes against Travis Browne, Roy Nelson, and Junior dos Santos inside the Octagon.
14: Difference of height, in inches, between the 7-foot-tall Struve and the 5-foot-10 Hunt. “Skyscraper” also owned a 9-inch reach advantage over the Pride and K-1 veteran.
0: Submission attempts for Struve, whose average of 3.92 attempts per 15 minutes ranked fifth among all fighters in the promotion coming in to his meeting with Hunt.
8: Consecutive fights that went the distance between Hyun Gyu Lim’s second-round knockout of Marcelo Guimaraes to open the UFC on Fuel TV 8 card and Hunt’s finish of Struve in the evening’s co-feature.
50: Pounds that Diego Sanchez had to cut to make the 155-pound lightweight limit at the beginning of his camp, according to the fighter’s Twitter account. “The Dream” fell just short of his goal, coming in at 158 pounds at Friday’s weigh-ins. As a result, the New Mexican forfeited 20 percent of his purse to Takanori Gomi.
16: Significant strikes by which Gomi outlanded Sanchez. “The Fireball Kid” held a striking advantage in every frame, outlanding his foe 28 to 22 in round one, 31 to 27 in round two, and 22 to 16 in round three. Sanchez, however, emerged with a controversial split-decision triumph.
3-1: Record for Sanchez as a lightweight. His only loss at 155 pounds came in a title bout against B.J. Penn at UFC 107.
39: Significant strikes by which Yushin Okami has been outlanded in third rounds against Tim Boetsch and Hector Lombard during his last two appearances at the Saitama Super Arena. “Thunder” was unable to hold off the third round onslaught of Boetsch, as he was outlanded 21 to 0 en route to a TKO defeat at UFC 144. Lombard outlanded Okami 22 to 4 in round three on Saturday, but the former middleweight title challenger survived the stanza to earn a split-decision victory.
101: Total strikes landed in rounds one and two combined for Rani Yahya in his unanimous decision triumph over Mizuto Hirota, who landed just eight total strikes in that same timeframe. Hirota mounted a rally in round three, outlanding his opponent 31 to 4 over the course of the bout’s final five minutes.
5: Significant strikes landed by Siyar Bahadurzada in his decision loss to Dong Hyun Kim. By comparison, the Afghan fighter landed three significant strikes in his 42 second knockout of Paulo Thiago at UFC on Fuel TV 2 in April.
157: Total strikes by which Kim outlanded Bahadurzada. The “Stun Gun” scored takedowns in each round and landed the majority of his offense from top position, landing 182 of his 221 total strikes attempted.
2: Consecutive wins inside the Octagon for Takeya Mizugaki after he earned a split verdict over Bryan Caraway, the first time the Japanese fighter has earned consecutive victories while competing under the Zuffa banner. Since he appeared at WEC 40 in 2009, Mizugaki alternated losses and wins in his first nine bouts before besting Jeff Hougland and Caraway in his last two outings.