UFC: Wanderlei Silva takes on Brian Stann in Japan

Wanderlei Silva vs. Cung Le in UFC 139
Wanderlei Silva vs. Cung Le in UFC 139

Matt Ramsay

Special to theadvocate.com

This Saturday night, March 2, from the Land of the Rising Sun, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will host six bouts live and free on TV. A stacked main card full of future No. 1 contenders will have the viewers worn out by the end of the night.

So put the kids to bed early, grab some popcorn and enjoy an entire night of free nonstop UFC action. The entire card including the undercard may be viewed live. Check below for viewing details.

Main Card: Live on Fuel TV

Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva vs. Brian “All American” Stann

Wanderlei Silva – Curitiba, Brazil, 5-11, 205 pounds, 34-12-1
Brian Stann – Western Tokyo, Japan, 6-1, 205 pounds, 12-5-0

Wanderlei Silva and Brian Stann will be in very familiar territory as they face off in the five-round main event. Stann was born on an Air Force base in Tokyo while Silva spent the prime of his career fighting for the Japan-based Pride Fighting Championship. This fight will take place in the light heavyweight division for the first time in years for both men. Because these fighters shouldn’t have to cut much weight in this five-round bout, they both should be fresh and in tremendous fighting shape. Silva, as I’ve said before, is toward the end of his career, so he might just have it in his head to have his last fight where it all started. Don’t miss out, because this matchup is worthy of a main event on any night.

Stann by TKO (Strikes)

Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt vs. Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve

Mark Hunt – South Auckland, New Zealand, 5-10, 265 pounds, 8-7-0
Stefan Struve – Beverwijk, The Netherlands, 7-0, 238 pounds, 29-5-0

What might look like a freak show of a fight will be an excellent display of skilled mixed martial artists. Stefan Struve standing at 7 feet tall uses his long limbs to out strike opponents on their feet, then also uses them to latch onto his opponents while they’re on the ground with suffocating submissions.

Mark Hunt with the height of a lightweight, but the build of a heavyweight, is one of the most profound strikers in the heavyweight division. With that said, Hunt is very vulnerable to a submission. This is where Struve will have the distinct advantage.

Hunt, having a huge disadvantage in reach, will still have the edge in the standup, so expect Struve to pull guard immediately. Struve is a decent striker, but has continued to get out boxed by the elite strikers in the division. Expect Struve to stick to his game plan like he has done in the past against elite strikers like Pat Barry and Lavar Johnson. This should make for an excellent chess match.

Hunt by TKO (Strikes)

Takanori “The Fireball Kid” Gomi vs. Diego “The Dream” Sanchez

Takanori Gomi – Kanagawa, Japan, 5-8, 155 pounds, 34-8-0
Diego Sanchez – Albuquerque, N.M., 5-10, 155 pounds, 25-5-0

Look no further than here for a Fight of the Night candidate. After being off for a year, Diego Sanchez makes his return to the lightweight division to put out The Fireball Kid, Takanori Gomi. Gomi, at one time, was the most exciting lightweight in the world. He was even named Fighter of the Year in 2005 by ESPN. He has slowed as of late but is coming off a split decision win, taking home a $50,000 bonus for fight of the night. As of now, the fire is burning bright for Gomi, so another technical three-round battle should be on display as both guys have as much experience as the rest of the card combined.

Sanchez by Split Decision

Yushin Okami vs. Hector Lombard

Yushin “Thunder” Okami – Kanagawa, 6-2, 185 pounds, 29-7-0
Hector “Lighting” Lombard – Matanzas, Cuba, 5-9, 185 pounds, 32-3-1

Hector Lombard, former Bellator middleweight champion was met with strong resistance entering the UFC, being upset by a mediocre journeyman. Lombard got back on track with a first-round knockout over middleweight behemoth Rousimar Palhares. This now brings us to this weekend where he faces perennial UFC gatekeeper Yushin Okami.

Okami, considered by most experts to be a Top 5 middleweight, would be a monumental win for Lombard. It would immediately put him into the conversation pit for title contention. Okami is one of the strongest opponents in the division and has an elite defense. If Lombard can take Okami into deep water like Tim Boetsch, he should be able to take care of business.

Lombard by TKO (Strikes)

Mizuto “Pugnus” Hirota vs. Rani Yahya

Mizuto Hirota – Nagasaki, Japan, 5-7, 145 pounds, 14-5-1
Rani Yahya – Brasilia, Brazil, 5-6, 145 pounds, 17-7-0

Yahya by Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Dong “Stun Gun” Kim vs. Siyar Bahadurzada

Dong Kim – Suwon, South Korea, 6-1, 170 pounds, 16-2-1
Siyar Bahadurzada – Kabul, Afghanistan, 5-11, 170 pounds, 21-4-1

Kim by Unanimous Decision

Preliminary Card: Live at facebook.com/ufc

Riki Fukuda vs. Brad Tavares

Takeya Mizugaki vs. Bryan “Kid Lightning” Caraway

Cristiano Marcello vs. Kazuki Tokudome

Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres vs. Kyung “Typhoon” Ho Kang

Marcelo “Magrao” Guimaraes vs. Hyun “The Ace” Gyu Lim