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Match ups are beginning to pile in for the UFC's return to Japan in March with the addition of two fights to the UFC on FUEL TV 8 fight card as Mizuto Hirota meets Rani Yahya and Marcelo Guimares takes on Hyun Gyu Lim.
Two new bouts have been added to UFC on FUEL TV 8: "Silva vs. Stann" on March 3 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, as Japan's own Mizuto Hirota meets Rani Yahya in a featherweight affair while Marcelo Guimares takes on Korea's Hyun Gyu Lim in welterweight action rescheduled from UFC on FUEL TV 6 last November.
UFC officials confirmed both match ups for UFC on FUEL TV 8.
Hirota (14-5-1) is a veteran of the Sengoku and DEEP organizations in Asia, but may be best known to North American fans for losing a close decision to Pat Healy in his only Strikeforce appearance last July. Prior to the defeat, the Hirota was 4-1 in his past five fights with the only loss coming to submission ace Shinya Aoki.
"Pegnus" has never been knocked out in his career and, unlikely many Asian mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters, is known for his knockout power and striking ability.
Yahya (17-7) returned from a year-long layoff with a quick submission of Josh Grispi last August, giving the Brazilian his first win in nearly 18-months. Prior to the victory, Yahya was a dismal 1-3 in his last four fights but looked as slick as ever against Grispi.
Guimaraes (8-0-1) made a controversial, albeit successful UFC debut last at UFC on FUEL TV 4 last July when he picked up an extremely narrow split decision over Dan Stittgen. The victory kept the Brazilian's undefeated record in tact and earned him at least one more fight with the organization.
"Magrao" has spent most of his career competing on smaller shows in Brazil, where he has won most of his fights by decision.
Lim (16-6) was eager to make his UFC debut last November, but was forced to wait after doctors declared him medically unfit just hours before the UFC on FUEL TV 6 weigh-ins. With his medical issues seemingly behind him, "The Korean Icepick" will finally get to showcase his well-rounded skillset to the UFC audience.
The 33-year-old holds nine victories by way of submission, including a tap-out of UFC veteran Daniel Pineda.
It is unknown at this time where Hirota vs. Yahya and Guimaraes vs. Lim will air on the UFC on FUEL TV 8 fight card, which is expected to be broadcast FUEL TV, with the event prelims streaming on Facebook.
UFC on FUEL TV 8: "Silva vs. Stann" goes down March 3 from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Former PRIDE champion Wanderlei Silva returns to the light heavyweight division when he takes on Brian Stann in the main event of the evening. Also on the main card is a heavyweight bout of Stefan Struve vs. Mark Hunt and a lightweight contest of Diego Sanchez vs. Takanori Gomi.